The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has taken the wraps off of the car that will lead drivers to the green flag for this year's Indianapolis 500.
The Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the official Pace Car for the 101st running of legendary race on Sunday, May 28.
This is the 14th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car since 1978, and the 28th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948, when a '48 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other vehicle has served as the Pace Car more than the Corvette, according to IMS.
The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car features:
- 460-hp (343 kW) LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine with dry-sump oiling and active exhaust
- Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
- Equipped with the available carbon-fiber ground effects package
- Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19 x 10-inch (front) and 20 x 12-inch (rear)
- Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
- Standard electronic limited-slip differential
- Includes the available Z07 package, with carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors and 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear) high-performance tires
- Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system with 15.5-inch (394 mm) rotors with six-piston calipers in front and 15.3-inch (380 mm) rotors with four-piston calipers in rear
- Unique Indy 500 graphics package
The Grand Sport Pace Car equipped with the Z07 package can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, cover the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds and achieve 1.2 g cornering capability.