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  Chevron GT3
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2012
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 18, 2012
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn 2010, Chevron launched the first all-new car in over three decades. Powered by a four-cylinder engine and dubbed the 'GR8', it was very much the spiritual successor to the revered B8 that had originally put Chevron on the map in the late 1960s. Not built to any specific rulebooks, the car was intended primarily for a one-make cup series. In order to compete against other manufacturers, in national and international championships, Chevron extended the range in 2012 with the 'GT3'.

While based on the same design, the second Chevron model features several modifications to accommodate for a larger engine. This new engine is a bespoke V6 developed for Chevron by Langford. Displacing 3.5 litre, it is officially rated at 420 bhp. The all-aluminium unit is mated to a Hewland six-speed gearbox. The sequential 'box is operated through a paddle-shift system supplied by Shiftec.

Like the GR8, the new GT3 uses a steel tubular spaceframe chassis with conventional double wishbone suspension. Among the changes are larger brakes to cope with the power of the larger engine. Revisions have also been made to the bodywork, which is wider to allow for bigger wheels and also sports additional air-intakes. A larger splitter and full-width rear wing are also part of new 'GT3' bodykit.

A key requirement to homologate the new Chevron for the GT3 class it is obviously intended for, is a production road car, which has yet to be announced. The car has nevertheless been allowed to run in the invitation class of the British GT championship pending the homologation. In the June 2012 GT Cup race at Brands Hatch, works driver Jordan Witt managed to win all three races of the weekend.

More success came a few weeks later when highly experienced British racer Anthony Reid piloted the new Chevron GT3 to the fastest time in the Goodwood Festival of Speed shoot-out.

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