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Corvette-Engined Formula Le Mans LMP2 Racer Makes Angry Noises

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GM’s venerable small-block LS3 from the 2009 Corvette/2010 Camaro SS has found its way under the rear bodywork of a new Formula Le Mans prototype. Click below to see and hear the beast in action.

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The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has announced a new European race series called Formula Le Mans. The star of the series is a new Corvette LS3 V8-sourced racecar. Built by Oreca, of Viper motorsport heritage, the new racer is a carbon-kevlar open-cockpit LMP2 that looks (and sounds) to be a promising entry.

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Oreca released a promo video that makes the hairs on our arms stand on end. The LS3 mill sounds absolutely devilish is this configuration.

Listen To The Roar Of That LS3

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[Formula LeMans via YouTube]

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I don't know about hair standing up, but it sounded, well, underwhelming. Does it sound great, yeah, but for an LS3 it sounded like it wasn't being pushed all that hard. It sounds like a big American V8 at middlin' high revs. None of that frantic rip and shriek of teeny little V12s that have to spin at 9000rpm just to get out of the paddock, it sounds like a torque monster you could drive to the 7-11 for a Slurpee.

Boy I bet it's fun on a road course. Powering out of turns? Oh yeah.