The North American based automaker Chevrolet has introduced its 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype racer which will debut on the 16th of November, 2011, in a Grand-Am test at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida.
According to Chevrolet, the 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype was developed by Chevrolet, Corvette Designers, Pratt & Miller and Grand-Am, and the automaker has also worked closely with chassis builders Riley, Coyote and Dallara. The North American based car manufacturer hasn’t announced the technical specs on the 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype, but the vehicle will make its competitive debut at the 50th anniversary Grand-Am Road Racing Series Rolex 24 which will take place in January 2012 at Daytona.
“Racing and performance are the founding principles of Chevrolet, and bringing the Corvette Daytona Prototype to Grand-Am is tremendous opportunity. The opportunity for innovation is what makes the Daytona Prototype Class such a good fit for Chevrolet. Sports car and endurance racing is an outstanding platform for manufacturers like us to test and learn. The design of this race car incorporates iconic Corvette styling cues and will be immediately recognized by sports car enthusiasts and fans of Grand-Am Road Racing”, said the Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports VP, Jim Campbell.
The Corvette has a racing related history in Daytona and the father of the model and chief engineer working on the Corvette in the ‘50s and ‘60s managed to set a flying-mile speed record of more than 150 mph in a Corvette on Daytona Beach. In 1959, when the Daytona International Speedway was opened, Arkus-Duntov turned the fastest laps in a Corvette SS of 155 mph.