Nerd’s Eye View: Chevrolet Corvette C7.R



The steering wheel reminds me of Knight Rider from back in the day. The cage reinforcement bar on the passenger side can be seen here where it starts at the base of the A-pillar. Those metal bars out front support the polycarbonate windshield. Polycarbonate is much lighter than glass and probably doesn’t shatter either, but it will flex and therefore requires the extra support to prevent 200mph air from pushing the windshield in. High density foam padding is added to the top bars of the cage near the driver’s head to reduce impact forces should the driver manage to hit their head on a bar.
Pratt and Miller built the cars of course! The little silver cylinder with the red anodized button on the back side is the latching point for the net on the left side of the driver. Of course, there’s more foam padding on the cage where the driver could possibly impact it with their head.
If you want to be a top team, you have to be organized. A checklist is attached to the car to make sure all tasks are performed between sessions.
Labeled racks are used to hold all the body panels of each car. This not only helps with organization but also space.
The car with all of its panels installed is quite a site. I love the wide front fenders with the massive vents to relieve air pressure from the wheel wells. Here you can see how the low curvature of the rear wing matches the relatively flat profile of the roof and rear hatch.

The C7.R is a very impressive piece of machinery and it benefits from the extensive improvements made to the C7 street car. In GT racing, a better street car makes a better race car and the cross pollination between the two can be seen in the evolution from the C6 to the C7. Many thinks to Pratt & Miller for letting us get up close to the new C7.R!




Pratt & Miller


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