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The ALMS Privateer C6.R That Almost Was
The ALMS Privateer C6.R That Almost Was
November 23 2012 01:54:42 PM EST
Black Swan Racing, two time ALMS GTC Class Champions where looking at purchasing a used Pratt & Miller Corvette C6.R for the ALMS GTE-AM class that will never exist.

Black Swan Racing team owner and drive Tim Pappas and co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen dominated the all Porsche ALMS GTC class in 2010 and 2011. For 2012 the team made a big switch up to the LMP2 class. Unfortunately after an accident at Long Beach and with Lola going into bankruptcy, the team was unable to aquire parts and had to pull the plug on it's LMP2 ambitions.

Pappas was a big pusher for the 2013 ALMS GT-AM Class. In the days before the race at 2012 Mid-Ohio round, Jeroen Bleekemolen posted on Twitter that he was testing with Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio, and the rumors started flying.

Rumor had it that Pappas had his finger on the trigger to purchase the Corvette right as the news of the ALMS/Grand-Am merger took the world by storm and surprised everyone.

It is unknown at this point what the future holds for Black Swan Racing, but we wish them the best.

The above picture was created using the Forza Motorsport 4 livery editor showing what the car may have looked like.

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Encore, the Porsche 911 isn't available with a V8 either, but that's been legal to run in ALMS. They only have an upper engine size limit, so anything *LESS* than 5.5L is legal (except in the case of the Viper.....)
--- MFPerformance from unknown on 01.03.2013 at 12:37PM

Relive the 2012 ALMS Season
Relive the 2012 ALMS Season
November 17 2012 01:47:51 PM EST
If you are like us, March 16, 2013 can't come soon enough. In the mean time, we can relive all of the 2012 action.

Sebring: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Long Beach: Full Race
Laguna Seca: Part 1, Part 2
Lime Rock: Full Race
Mosport: Full Race
Mid-Ohio: Full Race
Road America: Full Race
Baltimore: Full Race
VIR: Full Race
Petit Le Mans: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

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--- Speedy G from SWFLA on 11.22.2012 at 9:18PM

John Fitch: 1917-2012
John Fitch: 1917-2012
October 31 2012 02:24:09 PM EST
We are very sad to report that racing legend and Corvette icon John Fitch has passed away today. He was 95 years old.

John was a true pioneer in the industry and was a key player in the development of the Corvette and it's racing legacy. He drove everything from the 1957 Corvette SS, 1960 Le Mans winning Corvette, and many more. His story is forever documented in the recent documentary The Quest.

John was also an innovator of safety, engineer, and designer, on top of his storied racing legacy.

His spirit will be truly missed. We send our prayers out to his family and friends.

RIP friend.

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A real gent, a very funny guy and above all just a great human being who was a super talented race car driver.
--- vetteheadracer from Illinois on 11.04.2012 at 8:27AM

WEC: Larbre Competition Takes 2012 Championship
WEC: Larbre Competition Takes 2012 Championship
October 28 2012 07:56:52 PM EST
This weekend at the final round of the 2012 WEC season in Shanghai, China, Larbre Competition clinched the GTE-AM Team Championship

The team's championship may have felt a little sweeter without the two post race technical inspection disqualifications (one for expired fire extinguisher, and another for not meeting minimum ride height).

Regardless, congratulations are in order!

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Vette kickin' ass everywhere it goes. If the world doesn't get it by now, ...
--- 72 from st. coll on 10.29.2012 at 8:37PM

2014 C7 Corvette News: Part 2
2014 C7 Corvette News: Part 2
October 24 2012 02:41:52 PM EST
Details on the new Gen V Chevrolet Small Block have been made public. Here are the details in a nutshell

-Designation is "LT1"
-Aluminum 6.2L V8, OHV, with continuous Variable Valve Timing
-Cylinder deactivation to 3.1L V4 for fuel economy
-Direct Injection
-11.5:1 Compression Ratio
-Optional Dry Sump oiling will be available
-450 hp @ 6000 rpm (estimated)
-450 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm (estimated)
-6,600 rpm redline (fuel cutoff)
-These output figures are preliminary, the real figures will be released in January
-Many lessons learned from racing

For full details, pictures, videos, and more, check out the full press release page HERE.

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So is this Active Fuel Mngmt the same one used at LeMans that caused a drivetrain failure? Or has it been revamped?
--- HORNDAWG from State of Jefferson on 12.14.2012 at 2:25PM

2012 Petit Le Mans Recap
2012 Petit Le Mans Recap
October 21 2012 01:22:12 AM ESTDANBOYD
With Corvette Racing wrapping up the GT championship at the last event at VIR, they went in to Atlanta with nothing to loose.

Jan Magnussen on the other hand, had a personal record to uphold. He was the only driver to have won at least one race for every year of the ALMS.

The Corvettes were strong all week and qualified P4 and P5 in a very tight qualifying round.

Going into race day, the guys were looking to just have a clean race, no mistakes, and hope to be in a stop to compete for a win at the end. Both cars lead the race and different points, and ever were 1-2 for a while, but they had some very strong competition, as usual.

The #01 and #02 ESM Ferrari's locked out the front row in qualifying and have shown to have become a force to be reckoned with this season and into the future. The #01 Ferrari took the fight to the Corvettes all race long and all the way to the end.

The #4 Corvette was taken out of contention about half way through the race with a steering box issue and fell 22 laps down with no chance to come back, but it did make it back out on track to give the fans and sponsors a proper show.

It all went down to the end with the #3 Corvette, #01 Ferrari, and #55 BMW. BMW killed their hopes when they received a pit violation for putting the car up on jack while still fueling. The Ferrari was running on fumes at the end (does that sound familiar?) In the end, the Ferrari was running on the hopes and dreams of the EMS team, and managed to make it across the line first.

At the end of the day, the 2012 season ends with Corvette Racing cleaning house, winning the Team, Manufacture's, and Driver's Championships, and even the Green-X Challenge.

147 days until Sebring...... preparation starts now.

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You might need your rear wheels to be banalced and/or replace the rear tires depending if you have a shifted belt in the tire. I have seen really bent rims cause a wicked vibration. Go to any tire shop that has a wheel balancer/road force machine and let them know that you want your rear wheels inspected.
--- Christophe from unknown on 12.04.2012 at 7:35PM


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