A new year means another season of Corvette Racing, as well as the continuation of the race team’s “Technology Transfer” video series. Last year, Corvette Racing showed us all kinds of leading technology that started on their race cars and then made it onto the production Corvette models. But with the team using basically the same setup as last year, with a few modifications, the Technology Transfer series is taking a new approach this season. Check out the first installment of the 2012 Corvette Racing Technology Transfer series above, compliments of CorvetteBlogger.
Corvette Racing’s Technology Transfer series started out showcasing technology that was built and perfected around the Corvette C6.R race cars and then taken to the production Corvettes. This year, the series has expanded to include technology that has been used on all six generations of the Corvette, including technology that stemmed from decades of racing history.
Each segment of the 2012 Technology Transfer series will focus on a different generation, starting with the C1 models in a segment set to air during the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach race April 13th and 14th.
For the segment that aired during the 60th Anniversary Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race a couple weeks ago, Corvette Racing introduced Johnny O’Connell as the host of the 2012 Technology Transfer series. O’Connell is not new to the race scene and certainly not new to Corvette Racing. In fact, he accomplished five of his eight Sebring class wins with Corvette Racing and was just inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame along side the Corvette for being the most accomplished Sebring racer in history.
While this first chapter of the Technology Transfer series basically just sets us up for what’s to come, you do get to see Mobil1’s “Technical View” piece. This short segment talks about the on-going relationship that Corvette Racing has with Mobil1 and what that means for fuel economy and engine temperature in production Corvettes.
We learned a lot last year through the Technology Transfer series about just how much of the current Corvette production model’s technology came from the race track, and we’re really excited to see what the series has in store for us this year. Make sure to tune into the coverage of the Le Mans race at Long Beach coming up in the middle of April on ESPN or ABC to see the next chapter in the new Technology Transfer series.