Has there ever been an Indy pace car that’s better than the Corvette ZR1 pace car, with 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts)? The answer is a resounding no. As the 102nd Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway comes closer, Chevy decided to unleash its new Corvette ZR1 Pace Car. It is dressed in a dark blue finish, has a massive rear wing, and is accented with red accents, together with an appropriate door-mounted livery.
The newly revealed ZR1 Corvette is going to be the 15th Corvette that will take on the legendary race. This will also be the 29th time a Chevy product will be leading a pack since 1911 with the Indy 500’s Inception. If you were not born yet back then, it was actually the 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible that was Chevy’s very first vehicle to take on the track, while the very first Corvette pace car was a 1978 C3 Corvette, which had Jim Rathmann as the driver.
J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, said that Chevrolet and IMS have one of the longest running and strongest bonds in motorsports. After all those years of seeing Corvettes on the Indianapolis 500, Boles is confident to say that this is a reminder of the rich history of this great relationship.
Without any surprise, this year’s Corvette ZR1 will be faster than the past vehicles that have taken on this track, considering that it is the one of the most powerful production cars to take on the track. Under its hood is a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with an output of 755 horsepower and 715 pound feet (969 Newton metres) of torque.
The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car only needs 2.85 seconds to sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour), and continue to a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour). This doesn’t only make it the fastest pace car ever, but also the fastest production Corvette that has ever been built. The new Corvette ZR1 Pace Car sits on chrome aluminum 19-inch front, and 20-inch rear wheels, with Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system. On the exterior, it gets a unique Indy 500 graphics package too.
Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossover, said that Chevrolet is proud to join the Indianapolis 500. He added that the ZR1 is actually the perfect car to pace The Greatest Spectacle in Racing because it is the fastest and the most powerful Corvette ever made.
On Sunday, May 27, 2018, watch out for the 2018 Indy 500 race. Here, you will find the 2019 Corvette ZR1, as well as all the 14 Corvette pace cars that participated in the past years.