A 2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible will pace the 91st running of the
Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2007. As it was selected as the Official Pace Car,
Chevrolet will supply several identically prepared and uniquely trimmed Corvette
convertibles – in new Atomic Orange paint with distinctive gold ribbon graphics
– that will serve in the official pace duties of the race, as well as supporting
Five hundred production replicas of those official cars will be offered to the public – all of them convertibles. They’ll be available beginning this spring.
The distinguishing features of the pace car replica convertibles include:
- Atomic Orange exterior color, including door handles
- Indianapolis 500 exterior graphics – including gold ribbon graphics that flow outward from the front fender vents and “ Indianapolis 500” door logos
- Special Indianapolis 500 fender badges
- Z06 rear spoiler
- New aluminum “split-spoke” wheels in Sterling Silver
- Ebony seats with embroidered Indianapolis 500 logos
- Interior trim plate and pods painted Atomic Orange
- Atomic Orange engine covers
All of the pace car replicas are equipped with the Corvette’s standard LS2
small-block V-8 and Z51 performance package. A six-speed manual transmission is
standard, with the six-speed paddle-shift automatic optional. The navigation
system with Bose audio, as well as OnStar, is standard.
Pricing for the pace car replica convertible is $66,995 MSRP, including destination. The paddle-shift six-speed automatic is the only option, which brings the price to $68,245.
The performance-bred Corvette handles its official pace duties in nearly factory-stock trim, with little more than race track-required safety equipment and strobe lights added – as well as, of course, the eye-catching graphics. In years past, many Indy pace cars required extensive modification to perform their on-track tasks. The 2007 Corvette’s powertrain and suspension, including the 400-horsepower (298 kW) LS2 small-block V-8 engine, are more than adequate to maintain the speed, acceleration and handling required to lead the pack around the famed “Brickyard” race track.
This year marks the ninth time Corvette has served as the Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500. The previous years were 1978, 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. It also is a record fourth consecutive turn for the Corvette, as well as a record 18th time for a Chevrolet, to be selected as the pace car.
Production replicas were not offered every time the Corvette was selected as the pace car. In fact, 2007 marks the first time Chevrolet has offered a regular-production replica since 1998. But along with the regular-production models, several dozen copies of all the pace cars have been used for official activities in support of their respective Indianapolis 500 races, such as parades. These cars – known as “festival” cars – have become prized collectibles, along with the limited-edition regular-production replicas.