Pratt & Miller Confirm Corvette C6RS Production

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The kids over at the Road that is ever-Winding got themselves the scoop straight from the press release of Pratt & Miller Engineering on the Corvette C6RS. Yes, the rumors are true, you too can own Jay Leno's ride — or at least one of a limited-edition run of the E85-powered sub-ZR1 modeled off Leno's car shown at the SEMA show in Vegas last week. We're waiting until we can get one in red. Full press release after the jump.

Pratt & Miller Engineering Introduces Corvette C6RS Supercar for the Street Championship-Winning Race Team Develops the Ultimate Performance Corvette for the Highway

NEW HUDSON, Mich., Oct. 30, 2007 - Pratt & Miller Engineering has designed and developed a new limited edition Corvette C6RS that provides an exceptional level of performance and refinement for enthusiasts. Inspired by the Le Mans-winning Corvette C6.R race cars, the new Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS supercar combines advanced racing technology with everyday driveability. The first production Corvette C6RS will be available in April 2008.

Powered by a Katech Performance 8.2-liter (500ci) all-aluminum
small-block V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft.
torque, the Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS employs a purpose-built
carbon fiber body to reduce weight and improve aerodynamic efficiency. A
computer-controlled adjustable suspension system, center-nut forged
aluminum BBS wheels with Michelin tires, and massive Brembo monoblock
disc brakes enhance vehicle dynamics. A two-tone leather interior and a
comprehensive sound control system produce a quiet, comfortable
environment for driver and passenger.

"Our goal was to create a Corvette supercar that delivers an
extremely high level of performance with extraordinary comfort and
reliability," said Gary Pratt, co-owner of Pratt & Miller Engineering. "The
Corvette C6RS was inspired by our Corvette race program, but it's not a race
car for the street. You can take the Corvette C6RS on a 300-mile road
trip, or drive it to a track day and run fast laps."

Conceived, designed, developed and constructed by the
championship-winning Pratt & Miller team, the Corvette C6RS bristles
with sophisticated materials and race-inspired technology. The
aggressively styled lightweight body, made entirely of carbon fiber,
measures 1.6 inches wider than a production Corvette Z06. The carbon
fiber front fascia has integrated brake ducts and ram air induction.
Aerodynamic enhancements include functional front fender louvers, a
carbon fiber underwing and rear diffuser, enlarged front wheel vents
and rear brake ducts, an integrated rear spoiler, and a front splitter.

"Every body modification has a purpose," Pratt explained. "The
features were modeled on the C6.R race cars, and there are no nonfunctional
styling elements."

The C6RS chassis is upgraded to complement the improved aerodynamic
grip. A Dynamic Ride Height Control suspension system provides three
driver-adjustable settings: Low, Drive and High. In the Low mode, the
system lowers the ride height to improve handling, while the High
setting increases ground clearance to negotiate steep driveways and
ramps. The suspension is upgraded with Pratt & Miller-tuned dampers
and heavy-duty wheel hubs and bearings.

The same manufacturers who supply tires, wheels, and brakes for the
Corvette C6.R race cars also provide the rolling stock for the Pratt &
Miller C6RS. The street car's BBS forged aluminum wheels (18 x
11-inch front, 19 x 13.6-inch rear) have racing-style center nuts. The
stunning black chrome wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires
(P295/30-18 front and P345/30-19 rear). The Brembo Grand Tourismo
brake system delivers impressive stopping power with six-piston monoblock
front calipers with 14-inch rotors and four-piston monoblock rear
calipers with 13.5-inch rotors.

With 600 horsepower on tap, the 8.2-liter C6RS engine rivals the
performance of the restricted 7.0-liter engines that powered the C6.R
race cars to five GT class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and
seven consecutive American Le Mans Series championships. Developed by
engine partner Katech Performance, the 500ci small-block V-8 is based
on a high-strength 6061-T6 billet aluminum Dart block with linerless
Nicom-coated 4.205-inch diameter cylinder bores. The rotating
assembly features a forged steel crankshaft (4.500-inch stroke), forged 4340
steel connecting rods, and 11:1 compression forged aluminum pistons.
The custom-built CORSA stainless steel exhaust system employs the company's
patented Reflective Sound Cancellation(tm) (RSC) technology to optimize
interior and exterior sound quality. An aluminum flywheel and twin-disc
clutch transfer the engine's torque to a blueprinted T56 six-speed

A luxurious interior is the counterpoint to the Corvette C6RS's cutting
edge technology. A Dynamat sound insulation system produces a quiet
refuge, while the instrument panel, doors, console, steering wheel
and seats are wrapped in premium quality leather with French seams.
"Our goal with the Corvette C6RS was to capture the soul and spirit
of the Corvette C6.R race car in a premium GT car for the street," said
Pratt. "The C6RS is a car with a legendary racing heritage and an
unrivalled engineering pedigree. Just as the Corvette C6.R race car has
become the benchmark in production-based sports car competition, we
believe that the Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS will set the new standard
for sports car performance and luxury on the highway."

Founded in 1989 by Gary Pratt and Jim Miller, Pratt & Miller Engineering
& Fabrication provides automotive and non-automotive clients with
leading-edge engineering and low-volume manufacturingsolutions. For
more information, visit the Pratt & Miller website at


[Winding Road via Autoblog]

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Andrew Saar

Does it fix the vague steering, telegraph based shifter feel and interior panel gaps? Or does it just beef up the components backing all that vague feel and then cover the poorly shaped interior body panels with nicer leather?