Why GM Shouldn't Cut Motorsports Completely

Still not sure if GM should focus on Corvettes as it cuts the fat from its racing and motorsport budgets? Check out this video of GM development driver Jim Mero lapping the Nürburgring in 7:26:4. For those that don't keep up on these things, that's over two seconds faster than the Nissan GTR's recent headline-grabbing jaunt on the Nordschleife. And seeing as the Nürburgring is the longest, baddest track out there, this is no small accomplishment. Especially when it comes to challenging the European perspective that American firms simply can't build cars that go fast and handle well. Add the Corvette's competitiveness on the GT racing circuit (when it's running on regular fuel instead of E85) to the mix, and it's one of the few things GM (and the whole of the American auto industry, really) has to be proud of right now.

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  • John Horner John Horner on Jul 17, 2008

    If and when GM is a healthy company then participation in race series where there is at least some connection to the road car makes sense. But face it, even if Corvette production had it's factory running 24/7 it wouldn't make a dent in GM's massive problems. Right now the return on investment is far too small.

  • Paul Niedermeyer Paul Niedermeyer on Jul 17, 2008

    Whoa, I did misread toxicroach's question; sorry.

  • Samir Samir on Jul 18, 2008

    Wow. That must have taken major cojones.

  • WildBill WildBill on Jul 18, 2008
    I say race vehicles in factory stock conditions, that way what is learned can perhaps be applied to the next gen. NOW, that's what I want to see, like the old days (well, almost). This watching nearly identical cars going round and round is like watching paint dry for me. BOOORRRRING. (was more a drag racing fan than NASCAR anyway).