Corvette Racing, a joint effort between Normal Motors and the engineering firm Pratt & Miller, has been one of the profitable groups in sports activities automotive racing over the previous quarter of a century.
Its yellow Corvettes are regulars in IMSA SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship races, together with on this previous weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans the place the group’s no. 3 Corvette C8.R took residence a category victory.
Nonetheless, with the arrival of a brand new Corvette Z06 GT3.R race automotive subsequent yr, GM will finish its full manufacturing unit effort and move the mantle to buyer groups. That is in accordance with Mark Stielow, GM’s motorsport competitors engineering director, who spoke just lately with Sportscar365.
“As we moved into the GT3 platform we wished to have the ability to be extra customer-based,” he mentioned. “There was lots of inner debate inside GM and us about whether or not we’d need our prospects racing in opposition to a manufacturing unit.”
2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R race automotive
Stielow mentioned GM will doubtless nonetheless assist drivers by getting them into groups fielding the Corvette Z06 GT3.R in what he known as a “hybrid” program. The transfer is more likely to appeal to extra buyer groups, which might result in extra Corvettes on the monitor.
Stielow additionally indicated that Pratt & Miller could also be among the many groups fielding the brand new race automotive, although any entry will doubtless have a unique title than the present Corvette Racing banner.
The Corvette Z06 GT3.R was proven for the primary time in January. The automotive remains to be in growth however deliveries are confirmed to start out within the third quarter of the yr, giving groups sufficient time to check the automotive forward of the 2024 season.
The automotive’s primary competitors will likely be within the GTD class of the SportsCar Championship, in addition to the comparable LMGT3 class to be launched to the World Endurance Championship in 2024.