Let’s face it – every single gearhead wants to be a racecar driver at some point in their life. For most of us, the burning desire starts when we’re pretty young – slowly fading as we find other outlets, such as working on our own cars or going to open-track days. But for others still, that desire never quite gets out of your system. And if you find yourself in the latter group, then these videos are for you.
We can safely say that we fall into that second group as well. The latest generation of Corvette Racing employs arguably the greatest machines that America’s sports car has ever had in competitive racing. Naturally, we’d give just about anything to get behind the wheel of one.
However, that opportunity has yet to present itself, so drooling over these videos seems like the next best thing. In the above video, Tommy Milner pilots the legendary C7.R at a 24 Hours of Daytona practice run.
There’s something so surreal about the sound of dozens of GT cars screaming around the track as Milner waits to take the reigns. The C7.R’s intimidating, spaceship-like interior adds to the surreality, and in-and-of itself declares that the beast is all business.
When Milner leaves the pit, the monstrous roar of the car’s 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 becomes nearly hypnotizing as it echoes through the stripped shell of the performance-bred machine. The mechanical thud from each lightning-fast gear change, and the rapid backfire as the motor comes off of compression are enough to get the adrenaline flowing just by watching the footage.
In the second video, we’re given the behind-the-wheel of Jordan Taylor in the Corvette Daytona Prototype during a test session. By the strictest of definitions, the Corvette DP looks like a pure race car – both outside and in. Powered by yet another 5.5-liter V8, it certainly sounds the part, as well. The 14 minutes of Taylor’s session is equally as entrancing as Milner’s practice laps at Daytona; we can only speculate how unbelievably fun it must be to soar around that track, entirely uninhibited by any other drivers or distractions.
So if you’ve got 30 minutes to kill, put on some headphones, sit back, and take it all in. And don’t be surprised when your childhood fantasy of being a racecar driver resurfaces.