LeMANS, France – The following is excerpted from a post on sportscar365.com by John Dagys on the possibility of the Corvette Racing team competing in this year’s 24 hour race at LeMans without changing its brakes. Dagys interviewed Corvette driver Jordan Taylor, who was the source for this story.
Jordan Taylor says the possibility of running the 24 Hours of Le Mans without a brake change has been a “strong topic” within the Corvette Racing camp after last year’s GTE class-winning Aston Martin Vantage GTEs were able to go the entire race on a single set of brake discs and pads.
The savings of one to two minutes in the pit lane, especially if the race features few to no safety cars, could play a key impact in the tightly fought GTE-Pro ranks according to Taylor.
Taylor and co-drivers Antonio Garcia and Nicky Catsburg won this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona without having to change brakes, which has led to the Pratt & Miller-run squad to investigate a similar strategy for the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R’s Le Mans debut.
“It’s definitely a strong topic,” Taylor told Sportscar365. “Obviously it’s been something we’ve been working on with this car since it came out last year at Daytona.
“This year at Daytona we won the race and I don’t think we did a brake change there.
“That gave us the confidence over 24 hours that we would need. Obviously this track is a bit different but with our limited running in the test day we didn’t get as many miles as we wanted to.
“I don’t think we have the numbers yet to really understand if we can make it yet.
“We’ll try to see throughout today’s practice and qualifying and tomorrow as well, and try to accumulate some miles and some hours on the brakes to get the wear numbers and understand if it’s a possibility for us.” To view the entire post, click HERE