Chevrolet Corvette (C4) ZR-1 GT1 Race Car #30 Team USA 1995


United Kingdom

Corvette race fans know Doug Rippie. His early claims to fame came via the 1988-1989 Corvette Challenge Series.

Rippie loved racing Corvettes in the US. But, his life-long dream was to take on the world-class marques at the LeMans. So, when Chevy intro'd the C4 ZR-1, to Doug, that opened the door to opportunity.

Via his collaboration with MerCruiser and Lotus Engineering, all with Chevy’s blessing, the Black Widow program created special street and [for the first time] race versions of the LT5 engine. But, '95 LeMans entry info lists the engine as a '6300cc Turbo', so the vague notes we found about Callaway being involved may also be true. Called the DRZ-500, this engine made 525hp in full race mode.

Rippie's red monster debuted at Sebring as a pre-test for LeMans. 21st in GT1 / 52nd overall, thanks to an early DNF, was the result. #06 drivers were Bill Cooper, Scott Maxwell, and Chris McDougall.

At LeMans, the car ran as the #30 'Corvette Team USA ZR-1' and was driven by John Paul, Jr., McDougall, and James Mero. True to his dream to take on the world, look at the GT1 competition Corvette was up against in 1995! McLaren F1, Ferrari F40, NSX, Porsche 911, Lister, Jaguar XJ220, Nissan SkyLine, Toyota Supra and MR2 [with a turbo V8!], and Callaway.

But, lack of testing finished the quest with another DNF. Sometimes however, the journey is the reward...

Regardless, that ZR1 was one serious BadBoy race car.

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