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FOR RELEASE: August 16, 2001

General Motors To Sell Corvette C5-R Racecars To Customers

On-Track Success Generates Enthusiast Interest



DETROIT - General Motors Racing will implement a customer car program this year to deliver a race-ready version of its successful Chevrolet Corvette C5-R to buyers with a passion for performance.

GM has agreed with its partners, Pratt and Miller (chassis) and Katech (engines GM Racing has received several inquiries from private race teams seeking the powerful C5-R and has accepted deposits on two vehicles.

To date in 2001, the C5-R has dominated its competition in the races it has entered. It scored an overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona, a double podium finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring, A 1-2 GTS class finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and class wins at American Le Mans Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, Sears Point and Portland. The C5-R's impressive on-track performance has made it the current manufacturer's point leader in the ALMS GTS class and has propelled Corvette Racing C5-R drivers Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell into the lead in the GTS driver standings.

"It's a natural next step for the Corvette Racing program," said Corvette Brand Manager Rick Baldick. "Corvette is an elite global brand, and our successes on the track have bought a heightened awareness of Corvette's phenomenal performance capabilities worldwide.

"The Corvette C5-R's success has generated substantial customer interest in purchasing these racecars," Baldick said. "Corvette has long been the leader in the U.S. High Sports market segment. Being able to offer customer racecars adds to the brand's cachet on a global basis. It will help us communicate our world-class engineering message to sports-car enthusiasts everywhere."

Individuals who purchase a C5-R will receive the chassis, as well as installation of the engine and engine electronics from Pratt and Miller. The engine and electronics system would be purchased separately through Katech.

"In my view, the C5-R has begun to hit full stride in what is still a young racing career," said Corvette Program Manager Doug Fehan. "We began in 1999 with a limited program, then found our mark and started winning races against the fastest GTS sports cars in the world in 2000 and 2001. Quite frankly, the Corvette C5-R program has achieved success faster than most expected."

The C5-R program was designed to create a GTS-class racer that would capably challenge the best of international competition while maintaining the integrity of the production Corvettes. The racecar is based on the street platform and utilizes a number of common components. These common components include the following:

Front and rear chassis cradles are machined to production specs
Stock hydroformed frame side rails are used as a base for the roll cage
Power steering pump, steering rack, upper and lower front control arms, rear lower control arms, alternator and water pump are all production items
Body, which is loosely based on the production car's CAD data uses the production windshield, taillights and marker lights
Engine blocks are cast on the production engine casting line
GM is active on the motorsports scene at a variety of levels. The series it which it participates include; Endurance racing (Le Mans, American Le Mans Series), NASCAR (stock cars and trucks), NHRA (drag racing), Indy Racing League (IRL), off-road truck racing, German Touring Car (DTM), British and Australian Touring Car, Formula 3, and rallying.

General Motors has a worldwide tradition of racing production-based vehicles through its Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Opel, Pontiac, Saab and Vauxhall divisions. GM is the world's largest vehicle manufacturer and a leader in automotive branding, technology and design.










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JOE HARRINGTON

Starting my 2002 Z06 for the 1st time at 6:57am on 7-19-01 on the assembly line at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant then drove it off the line 1 hour later.



GNX #375 at the National Corvette MuseumNational Corvette Museum
96 C4, and a bunch of 86-87 GN's and 2002 Z06 on order since 16 March 2001
 

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Thanks Joe!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_cool.gif Great news, now where do I put down my deposit? Yeah right!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif Well, it would make one hell of a street machine!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_eek.gif
 

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On 2001-08-16 15:53, speedy-gonzalez spewed forth this drivel:
There is one on eBay for $75,000


That car on ebay is not even close to a c5r. GM has not even delivered the 1st one yet. the one on ebay is a hobbyists car
 
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I think it's more than a hobbyist car? But, you are right, it's not a C5R....


FULL BORE RACECAR
SUITABLE FOR OFF ROAD RACING ONLY!!

1999 Chevrolet Corvette hardtop coupe updated to 2001 Z06 specs for Grand American Cup sportscar road racing.


GM Motorsports cam & heads kit
Gross horsepower in excess of 520, 420HP to the rear wheels
Heavy duty driveshaft
3.73 Rear Diff. ratio
Engine, trans, & rear diff coolers
Full competition roll cage
Racing driver seat & safety equipment
Penske double adjustable shocks
Full safe fuelcell with double dry brake
Special springs & sway bars
Dry Sump oiling system And much much more!!!

This car is very fast- it has won 4 pole positions & has lead every race it was in!!!
This is a serious corvette for Grand AM GT class racing & SCCA T-1 pro racing. FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY.

Ready for the 24 hours of Daytona in January 2002.
 

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I know the C5R is one bad ass dragster aswell as a road coarse badass. I read that it does the 1/4 mile in the 11's which isnt bad. bring on the viper (clownshoe) and watch the drivers face after he realizes he cant keep up. Makin a viper look like a rustang is always nice /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

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what is the ticket on a C5R?
 

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what is the ticket on a C5R?
 

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It's the amount you would expect to pay for one but that's not important right now....... sorry Airplane (the movie) fan.

Actually, I wanted to ask the same question
 

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On 2001-08-16 19:33, jim911 spewed forth this drivel:
what is the ticket on a C5R?

From what I remember when speaking with ......price was in the $115,000 - $140,000 range. I've been dealing with so many exotics prices lately, I can't remember exactly. It could be more. And I don't remember if that included the powertrain.

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Contact the Chevrolet Race Shop or pratt miller www.prattmiller.com
But i do think they are a tad bit more than that i hope i am wrong though.

Good Luck,

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There was an article in a recent rag about it, had the price....

Was WELL over 120k......I want to say closer to 1/4mil......Anyone have the article?

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I think it was Road&Track awhile back...

And I believe it was $440000, that I _THINK_ included the engine, but I might be wrong on all counts.

That whole body is carbon, that = big $$
 

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All of the magazines quote itat $440,000, but I'm guessing the car that is being sold will not be a full racer, like the one's that the factory uses. I figure probably over $150,000.
 

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Full-blown GTS -class racers, just like the cars that won LeMans...
The only C5 part they use is the hydro-formed rails.
Saw them all at Pratt-Miller last week. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif
 
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