We got news today from Chevrolet that its new 2013 Corvette ZR1 sports car will be the official pace car at this year’s Indianapolis 500. This official selection marks the 11th time that the Corvette ZR1 was selected to perform this pace duty.
In keeping with the Indianapolis 500 pace car theme and Corvette 60th Anniversary, the 2013 Corvette ZR1 pace car is designed with the 60th anniversary package theme along with Indianapolis’ race car design cues. The 2013 Corvette ZR1 Indianapolis 500 pace car is painted with Artic White exterior paint with Pearl Silver Blue racing stripe. Additionally, a ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging, gray-painted brake calipers and the “60th” logo on the wheel center caps.
For the interior, the 2013 Corvette ZR1 Indianapolis 500 pace car gets a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents. In addition, special badging on the steering wheel and seat headrests.
“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 president and chief executive officer. “Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway, and we share in the excitement of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the iconic Corvette brand. It’s even more meaningful to see a Chevrolet pacing the field at Indy since Chevy has returned as an engine supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first time since 2005.”
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine producing about 638 horsepower, making it the most powerful car ever to serve as a pace car for the Indianapolis 500. With a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. This helps the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to propel from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and with a top speed of 205 mph.
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be pacing the 96th event of the Indianapolis 500, which is scheduled to start at 12:00 pm ET on Sunday, May 27th.