Milner: Corvette Z06 GT3.R “Not a kilometer different” than C8.R – Sportscar365 – Sportscar365 | CarTailz

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According to Tommy Milner, the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R is “not a mile apart” from the GTE-spec Corvette C8.R, with Corvette Racing and Pratt Miller able to share knowledge from its previous generation GT contender transfer.

The longtime Corvette Racing works ace has been named lead test and development driver for the car, which will debut in 2024 for North American customers as well as select finishes in other major GT3 championships around the world.

Milner said he’s been impressed with the car so far, which completed an initial rollout in late September and has since completed testing at Mid-Ohio and other tracks across the United States

“It doesn’t feel miles different than what I’m used to from this platform and this chassis,” Milner told Sportscar365.

“There are small differences here and there, but ultimately the stuff we’re testing now is the same process that we went through with the C8.R, the C7.R, mixing a lot of simulator work with stuff on the track .

“I think realistically, the simulation material allows engineers to try things that you might not normally try in real life, and then prove them on the track.

“We’re going through this process right now with all the things and different options that we’ve tried with suspensions, aeros, etc., testing the things that work in the simulation to see if they work in real life.”

Lessons learned from this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign featuring the modified Corvette C8.R GTD also helped expedite the development process, according to Milner.

The solo entry into the GTD Pro class, which will continue next year, has run on Michelin’s S9M customer tires for GT3 racing and has used anti-lock braking, among other modifications, to bring it closer to fully homologated GT3 machines.

“For us as a team, we have such a long history with a confidential Michelin tire,” said Milner.

“While the customer tire isn’t miles apart, finding the last few percent of the customer tire’s potential and how those tires work will definitely help us test the GT3 car and not also have to relearn a tire ourselves as well.

“Having a year of data on this tire definitely helps the process.

“I think the ABS stuff figured that out pretty quickly in a lot of ways. It wasn’t a big change.

“One thing will also be trying out different tire manufacturers.

“It’s only going to increase the workload for the team if they have to figure out a Michelin customer, a Pirelli customer, Dunlop, whatever else is out there.”

‘Really cool’ prospects for global GT3 customer competition

Milner said he’s excited at the prospect of seeing GT3-spec Corvettes race around the world, with the opportunity to compete in new races for him like the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours and the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa.

“From a driver’s point of view, it’s great to be able to drive this car in virtually every major sports car race of the future,” he said.

“There have always been some races with big names: Nürburgring, Spa 24 Hours, Bathurst, now all these races are possible with this car.

“Obviously it’s up to the customers and things like that that want to drive these cars there, but I think for the Corvette fans around the world, we’re talking to all the different drivers that have come to this program about some of the big ones . Name races that we would like to participate in.

“New people coming in mention some of these races. For the Corvette fans, Daytona and Le Mans are obviously big races – but to see this car race at those events will be really cool.

“Bathurst would certainly be great and so would the 24 Hours of Spa. It will extend the legacy of what Corvette Racing was and is and just add a new chapter to this program.”

John Dagys is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sportscar365. Dagys was a motorsport correspondent for and SPEED Channel for eight years and has contributed to numerous other motorsport publications worldwide. Contact John

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