With all the Detroit auto show embargoes and leaks wafting in and out of our earbud reality (mac/itunes/winehouse/love_is_a_losing_game.aac), we filed away these pics of the new Corvette Indy pace car and special edition until we could visualize a day when bleak Detroit winter would be replaced by a sunny weekend in May, the smell of racing fuel and the sounds of screaming tires.
Next is the Corvette Z06 E85 concept. Its massive V-8 ditches gasoline (well, mostly) and it runs on ethanol fuel, which is produced in volume not far from the teeming stands at Indianapolis. The E85 concept gets fuel-system and powertrain controller mods to run on the fuel, and gets a Gold Rush Green paint scheme to denote its special powertrain. This concept’s getting some street time in Indy, where it will be piloted by two-time winner Fittipaldi. It’ll be the 10th time a Corvette has paced the pack of entrants.
This year’s classic takes place on Sunday, May 25, 2008.