Michelin invited media during the kickoff of the 2015 SEMA Show with a very special announcement. In conjunction with The Ron Fellows Performance Driving School, which will serve as the technical race partner for the series, Michelin announced the Corvette Challenge racing series based around the seventh-generation Corvette.
The Michelin Corvette Challenge will consist of identical, track-ready Corvette Stingrays, and span 15 races at Spring Mountain.
“The Corvette Stingray is one of the most track-capable production cars available and our enhancements simply augment the production specs to help ensure durability for a dedicated racing life,” said Ron Fellows. “With the cars mechanically on equal footing, driver skill will be the determining factor in the rankings, which should make it a very exciting series.”
Fellows collaborated with Chevrolet and Michelin to develop the racing series, and to also develop a package of performance and safety equipment for the Corvette Stingray race vehicle, which consists of many trickle down parts from the 2016 C7 Corvette Z06. The parts have specifically been designed to enhance the handling, braking, cooling and downforce performance of the Stingray.
Seeing as Michelin is the exclusive supplier for the 2016 C7 Corvette Stingray, 2016 C7 Corvette Z06 and a long-time supplier for the Corvette Racing Team, the track-ready Corvette Stingrays will also run Michelin racing slick tires in dry conditions, or Michelin Pilot Super Sports in wet conditions.
“Corvette owners have been competing in showroom-stock-type racing for six decades and the new Michelin Corvette Challenge extends that legacy,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette marketing manager. “With Michelin’s support and the direction from Ron Fellows and his team, the series offers Corvette racers a unique competition experience all their own.”