Storage 56 is the entry that the Vehicle Membership de l’Ouest units apart for the “know-how of tomorrow and past” of progressive equipment.
The entry – a modified model of the Subsequent Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race automotive – is a collaboration between NASCAR, HMS, Chevrolet, IMSA, and Goodyear.
Representatives from all 4 entities in addition to sports-car veteran Mike Rockenfeller, a former Le Mans total winner who’s serving as take a look at driver, have been readily available for the take a look at on the three.27-mile highway course in Alton, Va.
The venture was first introduced in March with the debut on the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours an homage to NASCAR founder Invoice France Sr, who first took inventory automobiles to the French inventory automotive basic nearly half a century in the past.
Chad Knaus, HMS’ vp of competitors, is serving because the Storage 56 program supervisor and referred to as this week’s take a look at “an enormous milestone.”
“It doesn’t go with out its challenges, in fact, however that’s why you come to the race observe to check,” Knaus mentioned.
“However I believe with all of the individuals right here and all of the assets which have been right here at VIR, it exhibits the significance of this program, and what an enormous dedication it has been for everyone.”
NASCAR Storage 56 Le Mans entry being examined at Virginia Worldwide Raceway
Photograph by: Zack Albert / NASCAR Studios
Knaus mentioned the automotive used this week was “considerably totally different” then the preliminary take a look at automotive utilized in August at Highway Atlanta, which was constructed by IMSA workforce Motion Categorical Racing.
“Motion Categorical constructed that first automotive and it was actually an idea automotive. It is a little bit extra like what the precise automotive goes to be,” Knaus mentioned.
“From the chassis standpoint, it’s totally different. The engine is totally different. The suspension elements are fairly a bit totally different.”
Among the many many seen variations within the Storage 56 entry from the present Subsequent Gen automotive are the addition of side-view mirrors, the addition of stabilising dive planes and a sturdier entrance splitter and rear diffuser.
A lot work stays within the months forward in working to enhance the automotive’s velocity each when it comes to its weight and from efficiency. Goodyear has been amassing information to assist put collectively tire development and compound mixtures for use within the occasion.