Corvette Racing is one of the more professional outfits in the both the IMSA WeatherTech Championship and the FIA WEC. That’s not much of a surprise, seeing as the operation has been going strong for two decades and is also a well-funded factory operation for the one of the world’s largest and wealthiest automakers, but success never comes easy.
One of the reasons that Corvette Racing is so consistent year-in year-out is that it is always innovating to try and stay ahead of the competition. The team recently put together a video showcasing the various ways it has used technology and innovation to give itself an advantage, with team manager Ben Johnson and long-time driver Jan Magnussen going into detail about these various advancements.
Among these advancements is the rear-facing camera and car identification system, which Corvette Racing and technical partner Bosch had before anyone else. This system shows the driver a rear-facing view on a display in the cockpit and uses color coded arrows to tell the driver which class it is in. Seeing as traffic management is key to stint pace in endurance races like Le Mans, this gave the team a slight advantage at first. Now every team uses a system like this.
Other things, like the team’s ultra fast brake changes and air conditioning system also help the team and driver in endurance events, while unique safety pieces like the driver-side “crash box” help make the Corvette C7.R one of the safest GT cars on any racing grid. Some of these advancements also trickle into General Motors road cars in non-direct ways.
Check out the video embedded above to hear all the ways Corvette Racing stays ahead of the competition – both literally and figuratively.