|Pratt & Miller To Unveil Convertible C6RS Supercar At Sebring 12-Hour Race
Orders Being Taken for Ultimate Performance Corvette as Production Ramps Up
SEBRING, Fla., March 13, 2008 – The first convertible version of the Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS supercar for the street will be on display at this weekend's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the season-opening round of the 11-race American Le Mans Series. The bright yellow C6RS that will be featured in the Corvette Corral at Sebring International Raceway belongs to Jim Miller, co-founder of Pratt & Miller Engineering.
Orders are now being taken for the limited-edition Corvette in both coupe and convertible body styles, with the first deliveries to customers slated for April.
"Developing the Corvette C6RS supercar has been as rewarding as developing the championship-winning Corvette C6.R race car," said Gary Pratt, co-owner of Pratt & Miller Engineering. "We focused on performance, of course, but also on noise, ride quality, and passenger comfort – attributes that aren't considered in a purebred racing car."
The Corvette C6RS can now be built on a Corvette Z06, Corvette coupe, or Corvette convertible platform. "Our prototype was based on the Z06's aluminum chassis, but in building the first convertible, we've now developed a suspension package for the hydroformed steel chassis used in Corvette coupes and convertibles," Pratt explained.
Conceived, designed, developed and constructed by the championship-winning Pratt & Miller team, the Corvette C6RS bristles with sophisticated materials and race-inspired technology. 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, all versions of the Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS employ purpose-built carbon fiber body panels 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.
"Ron Fellows tested the C6RS extensively at Michelin's test track,"
Pratt reported. "He was running lap times that were quicker than they'd ever seen. Anyone who drives the Corvette C6RS will be impressed with the level of performance and luxury it delivers."
Detailed information on the Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS is available online at www.prattmillerc6rs.com.
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 manufacturing solutions. For more information, visit the Pratt & Miller website at www.prattmiller.com.