Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS Shines in Sunny St. Petersburg
First Convertible C6RS Featured in American Le Mans Series Vitesse Program at St. Petersburg Street Race
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Corvette Racing’s twin C6.R race cars were joined by a third bright yellow Corvette on the streets of St. Petersburg during the American Le Mans Series street race on April 5. Pratt & Miller’s first convertible C6RS supercar was featured in the ALMS Vitesse (“Speed”) program, giving special guests and VIPs a taste of the machines that compete in America’s premier road racing series. The limited-edition C6RS was the center of attention as it made dozens of laps around the 1.8-mile temporary circuit on Tampa Bay and drew crowds of enthusiasts in the ALMS paddock.
“Demonstrating the performance of the Pratt & Miller C6RS on the same circuit used by the ALMS race cars showcased our philosophy,” said Gary Pratt, co-owner of Pratt & Miller Engineering. “I drove the car from Naples to the track with the air conditioning on and a CD playing. Then it turned dozens of hot laps for two full days on a bumpy street circuit without a problem, and it was ready to drive back to Michigan after the race. With the C6RS, we’ve achieved our goal of combining advanced racing technology with extraordinary comfort and reliability.”
The convertible C6RS also broke new ground as the first C6RS with a paddle-shifted automatic transmission. The transmission is upgraded to handle the 600 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque produced by the C6RS’s Katech Performance-built 8.2-liter (500ci) all-aluminum small-block V-8. The first C6RS customer cars have been delivered, and orders are still being taken for Pratt & Miller’s handcrafted Corvette supercar.
“With our in-house development program and the resources of our technical partners, we are continuing to push the envelope of performance and luxury with the C6RS,” Pratt said. “We’ve added a convertible and an automatic transmission to the line, allowing a Corvette enthusiast to select any body style and powertrain. The ArvinMeritor Dynamic Height Control suspension allows the driver to adjust the ride height from the cockpit for various road conditions, and the Michelin tires provide exceptional grip in any type of weather. The Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS is truly a premium GT car for the street with the soul of the Corvette C6.R race car.”
Detailed information on the Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS is available online at www.prattmillerc6rs.com. Pratt & Miller’s technical partners include ArvinMeritor, producer of the Dynamic Height Control (DHC) system that provides optimum ride height; Michelin, manufacturer of Pilot Sport tires for the Corvette C6RS and Michelin racing tires for the Corvette C6.R; Katech Performance, championship-winning engine supplier for Corvette C6.R and Corvette C6RS; Brembo, manufacturer of the Grand Tourismo brake package with monobloc calipers; CORSA, supplier of the Corvette C6RS stainless steel exhaust system with patented Reflective Sound Cancellation™ (RSC) technology to optimize sound quality; BBS. producer of custom forged aluminum wheels with center lock nut; K&N, supplier of carbon fiber performance intake systems; and Dynamat, the source for premium sound insulation.
Release Date: April 16, 2008