What it Is
2007 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica – 2007 Chicago Auto Show Preview: It’s not often that we can go to a race one day and then head to the dealer the next day to request a car seen on the track. Indy cars, for example, lack a sufficient number of airbags, and trying to get them to conform to EPA emissions standards would be a nightmare. Thankfully, there are cars like the special-edition 2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that will be serving pace car duty for this year’s Indianapolis 500. No, it’s not Indy-car fast, but with 400 horses at your disposal, it’s plenty quick. Chevrolet will sell 500 replicas to the public with a starting price of $66,995.
What’s Under the Hood
Packed under the hood of the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Corvette Replica is an aluminum 6.0-liter, 16-valve, small-block V8 that’s good for 400 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. The LS2 doesn’t require premium fuel, though it is suggested for optimum performance. A six-speed manual tranny is standard and a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is optional. The Pace Car Replica also features the Z51 Performance Handling Package, which adds an oil cooler, power steering cooler, and a performance-tuned suspension with unique front and rear stabilizer bars.
What it Looks Like
Over the years, pace cars have come in all varieties and shades, including many hues that have been hard to miss (which is a good thing when you’re running around a track with 200-mph adrenaline junkies). The Indy 500 Corvette convertible will be no exception, as it will lead the pack with its Atomic Orange paint, gold ribbon graphics, and Indianapolis 500 logos. The Vette pace car will also feature unique alloy wheels, a rear spoiler borrowed from the Z06, a special black interior with Indianapolis 500 embroidery, and Atomic Orange paint applied to the engine cover and interior trim. Subtlety is obviously not the name of the game here.
Photos courtesy of Chevrolet and Brian Chee