The American Le Mans Series opens its 2011 season at Sebring in a few weeks, and the Corvette Racing Video Series returns as well. The first episode is out, and takes a look at the biggest change to the C6.R for 2011. The ALMS has made numerous changes to the technical regulations this year including the approval of paddle shifters for GT cars, and the Corvettes will be among the cars running with the new setup.
Well before the recent winter test at Sebring, the Corvette factory team had the new cars out at Road Atlanta for a test session focused on evaluating and calibrating the new electronic shift mechanism. Now that there’s no more third pedal, the electronic brains will have to manage the timing of de-clutching, moving the internal mechanisms in the gearbox and either closing or blipping the throttle during gear changes. Everything has to be perfectly choreographed in order to optimize performance and reliability. Check out the video for more details from program manager Doug Fehan and crew chief Doug Binks.