What differentiates the pace car from the production model is the Laguna Blue paint scheme, official Indianapolis 500 graphics plastered on the doors, track-mandated safety features and strobe lights. Even the 450 horsepower direct injection 6.2-litre V8 with continuously variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation has been retained. Either ways the C7 is plenty quick, capable of 0 to 100 km/h runs in a claimed 3.9 seconds.
The C7 is available as a 7-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching. It features a carbon-fibre hood and roof panel (on coupes); and other composite panels surrounding the aluminium frame. Both coupe and convertible models will go on sale this fall.
The ‘vette Pace Car also features the track-capable Z51 package, including an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as an aero kit.
Chevrolet has also competed as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, and returned in 2012 with the Chevrolet IndyCar twin-turbo V-6 engine with direct injection. In that duration Chevy won 118 IndyCar races, seven driver series champions and scored seven Indianapolis 500 victories.
This will be the 24th time a Chevrolet has served as the official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500, more than any other brand, starting with the to 1948 with a Chevrolet Fleetmaster. The Camaro has done the job 7 times and Corvette, 12 times, since 1978.