High-performance green machine: Corvette C6.R

Consumer Reports News: September 26, 2008 08:13 PM

Among the green machines at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center today, the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R looks like it crashed the party. Lurking under cover of the big-top tent, surrounded by fuel-sipping hybrids, quieter-than-you’d-think diesels, ultra-expensive fuel-cell vehicles and other alternative takes on mainstream transportation, this ultimate Corvette provides a stark contrast to the electrified cars of tomorrow in attendance.

Part of a green initiative, Corvette Racing is using renewable E85 ethanol in the 2008 American Le Mans Series. Last year, the teams used E10. Through the 12-race series, Chevrolet wants to prove the viability of the fuel, and certainly high-stakes motor sports will raise ethanol awareness.

Among other things, the 590-horsepower C6.R proves that being green doesn’t mean boring. And sadly, there were no hot laps in the C6.R today in the rain.

Jeff Bartlett

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