The Corvette C7.R had a successful debut year, helping Corvette Racing win four consecutive GT Le Mans races and place second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Not so bad for an all-new program, but the Corvette Racing team is still making as many improvements to the C7.R it can in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship offseason, Racer reports.
The C7.R had to work around certain Balance of Performance regulations in the TUSCC this year, which along with the ongoing development of the new program, made winning the championship an especially daunting task. Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan told Racer they’re making small changes to the C7.R in order to find more speed come next season.
“We’ve been working on two different fronts,” Fehan said. “One is obviously vehicle development. The rules are frozen, for the most part, so we’re looking at a bunch of small things – aero enhancements, fuel economy improvements, and all the little areas we’re allowed to modify.”
Fehan explained that TUSCC rules are being kept mostly the same through to next season, forcing them to make incremental changes to the car in order to gain a competitive edge over the competition.
“We started the process by looked through the entire year of data and identifying areas that stood out for being improved, and no, you can’t take a big swing at things because of how the rules are kept so tightly controlled, so that makes us work that much harder on finding the small things that add up to a bigger overall improvement.”
Corvette Racing is expected to keep the same driver lineup of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, however its endurance roster has yet to be announced. Racer notes IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe made a strong impression on the team at Petit Le Mans this year, however Jordan and Ricky Taylor, Richard Westbrook and Robin Liddell could also make a return in 2015.