Auto racing is coming back to Detroit this weekend, so what better to herald its return than a duo of high-performance Chevrolets. On that note, General Motors announced that two Chevys, one Corvette and one Camaro, will pace this weekend’s Belle Isle Grand Prix.
The Detroit Grand Prix hasn’t run the streets of Belle Isle since 2008, but 2012 marks the return of auto racing to the Motor City. Saturday will be the running of the Chevrolet Grand-Am 200 at Belle Isle, while Sunday’s race will be the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
With Chevrolet as the official sponsor of the race, you can count on bowtied products pacing both races. Chevrolet announced this morning that the Grand-Am race will be paced by a 2013 Camaro ZL1, while Sunday’s GP race will be paced by a 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible.
With power like that, don’t expect the caution laps to move slowly: the ZL1 has a 580-horsepower supercharged LSA V-8 engine, while the 427 has the 7.0-liter, 505-horsepower V-8 engine from the Z06 coupe, making it Chevrolet’s fastest Corvette convertible yet.