GIR Erster Beitrag: 17. Juni 2003 Letzter Beitrag: 3. August 2003 LeMans.org writes: Corvette are proud to have been the first American Pace Car at Le Mans, in the 1999 event. Intervening years have seen Cadillac STSi sport saloons in that role, but for their 50th Anniversary year, Corvettes are back. Photo ACO / Nikon There are five of the metallic burgundy coupés here this year. Two of them are adorned with two blue strobes on the roof, marking them as Direction de Course cars, while the other three carry five-light green and yellow systems and act as Safety Cars. It's a job that demands performance, safety and reliability beyond the usual standard found in a road car, but the really impressive thing about the Corvette is how few modifications were needed . The cars were prepared by Wheel to Wheel, Inc, of Troy, Michigan, and the list of mods is incredibly short. They take standard Z06 Corvette coupés with 350bhp LS1 engines, running on standard Goodyear Eagle F1 GS tyres, and bump up the air pressure a bit. The brake pads are replaced with GM Performance Product numbers, and a specially-designed transmission cooler is fitted. Inside the car, they install 5-point safety harnesses and a fire extinguisher. Outside, apart from the special reflective graphics, are the lights. Most obvious are the roof-mounted strobes, of course. But there are ten more strobes completely circling the car, fitted in the various standard light apertures: four in the tail, two in the nose, and two more on each flank. They take a lot of power to drive, and a lot of power means a lot of heat, which is dealt with by a huge fan hiding under the boot floor. And that's it. Otherwise these cars are exactly the same as those you or I could order. They are happy in their role as Pace Car for Le Mans, and equally happy on the roads of Europe.