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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 2013: pilot car the 96th race of the Indianapolis 500

Corvette ZR1 2013 Chevrolet will launch the green starting flag during the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Thanks to its 638 horsepower, the Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful car ever used as a pilot car production.

Chevrolet provides the pace car for the 23rd time the occasion of the "greatest show on earth the race," and used Corvette Pace Car for the 11th time. Both events are unprecedented. The model 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the vehicle and the end of production of the current generation of the Corvette.

"Corvette is the performance pure state. The ZR1 is all dieters for the most prestigious race in the world pilot car, says Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. Chevrolet is an important partner for us and we share it with all the enthusiasm 60th Anniversary Corvette. Chevrolet have a pilot car is all the more significant since the return of the brand as engine supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first time in 2005. "

"This is a fantastic year for Chevrolet in matters of performance, thanks to our continued success on and off-track, especially since our return to the IndyCar Series, we propel the fastest circuit cars, stated Jim Campbell, Vice President, Performance Vehicles and motorized sports Chevrolet. In my opinion there is no better way to mark the 60th anniversary of Corvette as running the race of the Indianapolis 500. "

The LS9 supercharged 6.2-liter 638 horsepower contributes greatly to the performance of the ZR1. Among the Vehicle Manufacturers mass Chevrolet PAST leader in the use of carbon fiber. This lightweight material is used to manufacture structural components, including the front fenders, hood, roof, air distributor, rocker panels and floor pans. Thanks to its unladen weight of 1,521 kilograms (3,353 lb), the ZR1 shows a power density of only 5.2 pounds per horsepower. The ZR1 is also endowed with characteristics of advanced technology, such as magnetic active suspension control selective, a pitch control system with traction management performance, as well as anti-lock braking system and brake discs Brembo ceramic- carbon.

Therefore, the ZR1 is the fastest model ever built Chevrolet, showing an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in barely 3.4 seconds, plus a top speed of 330 km / h. The ZR1 has traveled the Nurburgring Nordschleife (North Loop) in 7 min 19.63 sec.

The first Chevrolet selected as a pilot car car Indianapolis 500 was the Fleetmaster Six 1948. The brand has been chosen more than any other manufacturer to launch the departure of the race. Besides Fleetmaster Six, the list of Chevrolet vehicles have been pilot cars establishes as follows:

1955 Bel Air

1967 Camaro

1969 Camaro

1978 Corvette

1982 Camaro

1986 Corvette

1990 Beretta

1993 Camaro

1995 Corvette

1998 Corvette

Monte Carlo 1999

2002 Corvette

SSR 2003

2004 Corvette

2005 Corvette

2006 Corvette

2007 Corvette

2008 Corvette

2009 Camaro

2010 Camaro

2011 Camaro

2013 Corvette

Group 60th anniversary of the Corvette

Pace Car Corvette displays a thematic external color and decorative bands similar to those integrals of the 60th anniversary of Chevrolet group offered on all Corvette 2013. 60th Anniversary Group offers color Arctic White Exterior and interior diamond blue leather sheath and highlights with suede trim. The convertible model will be equipped with a blue roof.

Other features of the vehicle include a rear spoiler, special emblems, brake calipers painted in gray and the logo on the wheel hub on the wheel and on the headrest. A group of elements graphics option adds decorative bands full length blue pearl silver, including a sewn-on hood to truly extend the theme to the entire vehicle.

For 2013, all Corvettes will feature 60th Anniversary emblems on the fairing, a cascade panel on convertible models and 60th anniversary logos in the instrument cluster and thresholds.

The 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (ET) Sunday, May 27 The driver of the pilot car will be announced shortly.


Tickets for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 are on sale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Admission tickets for a day are available from U.S. $ 30. You can get tickets has by contacting IMS (317) 492-6700 or at 1 800 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis has, or going on site IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 am and 00 17 h 00 (ET), Monday through Friday. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all events IMS in 2012. They must be accompanied by an adult holding a general admission ticket. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are also on sale. Contact the sales department at IMS Group 1 866 221-8775 for all the details.

Source: Chevrolet

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