The guys over at Corvette Racing had a phenomenal 2011 race season. Not only did they grab first place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 2011 Grand Prix at Mosport, they also finished their season off strong with second and ninth place standings in GT class points. With the 2012 season officially kicking off next month, we’re looking forward to seeing the new driver positions and welcome Jordan Taylor to the team. We also have new car liveries to look forward to, according to CorvetteBlogger, and based on the pictures, the cars are looking better than ever.
The 2012 liveries for the cars were redesigned during Corvette Racing’s off season. Now instead of the pointed black and grey graphic that graced the rear quarters of the C6.Rs last year, Corvette Racing has replaced the 2011 liveries with what looks like an expanding tire tread design. This design is wrapped along the side of the car at an angle, beginning before the front wheel and ending on the rear of the car. This design sits behind a large Jake (the team’s mascot) graphic placed under the Corvettes’ B-pillars. Of course, the Corvettes still maintain their primarily bright yellow paint scheme with black details, while the grey color was more prominent last year than it is with the 2012 design.
The new liveries disguise a small body modification done to each car for the 2012 season. Although you can’t really tell by looking, one inch was added to both sides of the C6.Rs and will help improve their handling and downforce.
The Corvettes’ new design came just in time for the unofficial start of the 2012 season, the ALMS Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway. This two-day race event held on February 8th and 9th proved to be a learning experience for team newcomer Taylor as well as a successful shakedown for the team’s new driver lineup.
“The new car is very good, and the wider track has helped with the balance,” Gavin was quoted as saying on Corvette Racing’s website. “I would almost say that this GT Corvette C6.R handles like the GT1 Corvettes we raced several years ago. It’s simply amazing how the technology, the aerodynamic development, and all of the work done by Corvette Racing’s engineers and crew have taken us a step forward for 2012.”
With 2012 season officially kicking off on March 17th at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race, we look forward to seeing Corvette Racing out in their new digs tearing up the competition. Be sure to stay tuned here for more Corvette Racing updates as the season progresses.