Taking some time away from race preparations at Long Beach, Corvette Racing’s program manager, Doug Fehan, spent some time last week with students at Long Beach City College’s Alternative Transportation Technology Center and Cabrillo High School in Long Beach.
Students training as alternative fuels technicians heard Fehan talk about current engine technology, alternative fuels, future of the auto industry and career opportunities. He is well qualified to speak on such topics; as a strong advocate of alternative fuels and technology developed on the race track, Fehan notes that GM has more alternative fuel cars on the road – 3.5 million – than any other automobile manufacturer in the world.
In 2008, Corvette Racing began competing on E85 fuel – a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline – winning the inaugural Green Challenge at Petit Le Mans that year. The following year, the Corvette Racing team won the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge GT trophy at four races. This award was based on overall performance, fuel efficiency and the smallest environmental footprint.
A focus on excellence has led Corvette Racing to become a strong leader in GT racing over the past decade. It has won a record 72 races since 1999, including eight consecutive GT1-class season championships. The team has also captured six wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Supporting the initiative by the Long Beach Clean Cities Coalition, several additional ALMS teams also hosted a group of students at the track on Friday.