In today’s live photo gallery, we present a famous example of the Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray. That’s because this is the exact vehicle that served as the pace car for the Detroit Grand Prix in June of this year.
The 2021 Chevy Corvette in question is a Convertible painted in Arctic White, one of the six standard colors. A white car would not stand out on a race track, so several graphics have been added to increase its visual appeal, including two dark center stripe running the entire length of the hood / frunk and engine cover behind the cabin. This is similar to the stripe included in the optional Stingray R Appearance Package, which costs $695.
The C8 Corvette Stingray pace car is also fitted with the front splitter from the Z51 Performance Package. In this case, the splitter is black but its end plates are painted in Edge Yellow. The same color pattern is used for the side skirts, with the yellow part being found closer to the rear wheels.
The close-up shown above provides a lot of information. Most obviously, the C8 Corvette pace car is riding on the optional Black Trident five-spoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S high-performance, summer-only tires instead of the standard Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4 rubber.
The Edge Yellow brake calipers (a $595 option) match the accents on the front splitter and side skirts. The small graphic on the end plate denotes the NTT IndyCar Series, of which the two races in Detroit were Rounds 7 and 8.
The IndyCar logos are dwarfed by the graphics on each door, which have a stylized center image below the golden Bow Tie logo. They also proclaim the full name of the event: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.
Four sets of lights have been inserted in each of the C8 Corvette’s rear nascelles. These provide a simple but effective form of communication to the race car drivers during pace car laps.
The rear spoiler is the high-mounted wing spoiler, which is very different from the one included in the Z51 Performance Package. The policy of adding details in Edge Yellow continues here, as the spoiler end plates are painted in that color.
For those who missed it, Pato O’Ward won Race 2 of the Detroit Grand Prix in his Dallara-Chevrolet, having started from 16th position on the grid.
A few days prior, Chevy unveiled the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GLTM Championship Edition, which celebrates Corvette Racing‘s dominant performance in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Series.