This Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful pace car in the history of the Indy 500

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   April 20, 2018
This Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful pace car in the history of the Indy 500
This Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful pace car in the history of the Indy 500

On this side of the pond the Indianapolis 500 may be a great unknown to many, but in the United States it is a test of mythical motorsport that celebrates its 102nd edition this year. The participation last year of Fernando Alonso helped to make it known a little more especially in Spain, where it does not enjoy a large following by the public.

Even so, in the United States the Indianapolis 500 is the most important event of the year, held since 1911 -with the exception of a few years during both world wars- in an oval track built around 1909. This edition, for the fifteenth time , will have as pace a Chevrolet Corvette, and also will not be any, but the most powerful in history.


This Corvette ZR1 is the twenty-ninth Chevrolet that acts as pace car in this race, the first being a Fleetmaster Six convertible, in the 1948 edition. For its part, the first Corvette to take this role was the Corvette C3 in the year 1978, with driver Jim Rathmann at the wheel. Today this model is the one that has done the most pace car in the history of the competition.

American beast, with capital letters

We speak of course of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, the wildest thing that has left the factory of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Why? Since it hides a 6.2 liter V8 with compressor that yields a power of no less than 755 hp at 6,300 rpm, and a maximum torque of 969 Nm. The fastest and most powerful pace car that has ever captained the Indy 500


Thanks to the 'motor-block' LT4 small block, at a weight close to 1.6 tonnes and solutions such as an eight-speed automatic transmission, adaptive suspension, an electronic self-locking differential or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the ZR1 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in about 3 seconds and reaches a maximum speed higher than that of any other Corvette: 341 km / h.

The race will take place on the last weekend of May (with the main course on Sunday, May 27) and, along with the Corvette ZR1 pace car, the audience will also be able to admire the other 14 Corvettes that over the years have done the pace car times.

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