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Corvette Racing’s preparation for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has taken on a new urgency. Reminded of their previous wins at Circuit de la Sarthe – the last time in 2011 – the North American-based team have their eyes on the GTE Pro class prize once again in 2014. Armed with the most advanced and complex Corvette weaponry yet, they’ve come well prepared. And given the class competition from the like of Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin, they need to be.
Of course, you can’t just turn up to Le Mans and expect to do well. Prior to being airfreighted to France for the iconic 24-hour endurance race, Corvette Racing’s C7.R was put through an extensive test regime – one that lasted three times the length of the actual race. Not only did it survive, it thrived under the hammering. Built in Motor City by Pratt and Miller Engineering, the C7.R was raced almost nonstop from Daytona to Sebring to Long Beach and Laguna Seca – the team learning; advancing; and perfecting at each and every stop. Add in wind tunnel tuning, straight line thrashings and a final stateside test at Road America, and this year’s two-car Corvette Racing contingent is ready to accept its next challenge.
Enduring one full day and night of non-stop racing at the highest level of motorsports takes incredible preparation, experience and teamwork.
And as the clip above demonstrates, nothing has been left to chance. We’ll be watching the two yellow Corvette Racing machines – cars #73 and #74 – as they seek to dominate GTE Pro Class on Saturday. If you’re not there, you can keep up to date with 24 Heures du Mans happenings via the event’s official website.