On Sunday, May 27th the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 became the most powerful production car to ever pace the Indianapolis 500.
The 2013 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 capable of generating 638 horsepower with a top speed of 205 mph, and can go from 0-60 mpg in just 3.4 seconds. These numbers make the 2013 ZR1 the fastest car GM has ever produced.
“Corvette embodies pure performance, so the ZR1 is a perfect car to pace the most prestigious auto race in the world,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation chief executive officer and president.
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 continues a long tradition of Chevy vehicles pacing the Indianapolis 500, which began in 1948 when the Fleetmaster Six was selected as the pace car. Since then, 22 Chevrolet vehicles have paced the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, half of which have been Corvettes- both of these figures are event records.
“This is a truly momentous year for Chevrolet when it comes to performance, with our continued success on and off track, and especially with our return to the IndyCar Series, powering some of the fastest cars on the circuit,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “I can’t think of a better way to mark the 60th Anniversary of Corvette than having it lead the starting field of the Indianapolis 500.”