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This '95 Corvette ZR-1 braved Le Mans with "Black Widow" power | Hagerty Media

Most remember the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans because of McLaren, whose F1 GTRs took first (overall), third, fourth, and fifth in the manufacturer's first-ever attempt. Entered in the GT1 class, and not in the top-spec LMP1 or LMP1 groups, the F1's dominance was even more impressive; but we shouldn't overlook another contender that lined up on the rain-soaked grid at Circuit de la Sarthe that year: A Chevrolet-blessed, privateer-campaigned C4 Corvette.
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GoFast
Detailer

no such thing as an 'all aluminum' engine.
Story neglected to mention one of this Corvette's drivers--John Paul Jr--was convicted of drug dealing and spent 30 months in the slammer. He died late last year of Huntington's disease.
Swamibob
Instructor

The "All-Aluminum" is common parlance for an engine whose main parts, the block and cylinder heads, are cast from aluminum, rather than cast iron or other material. It doesn't really refer to the internal components, cams, springs, valves etc, being made from aluminum. It isn't correct use of the language, but it is the common usage, much like 'motor' is used in place of 'engine' whether the object in question is internal combustion or electric.
GoFast
Detailer

I suggest we strive for accurate use of our language instead of inaccurate parlance.
Tcoradeschi
Intermediate Driver

I suggest that we use common phrases in the way that common phrases are used. This is hagerty.com, not pendantics.com
Piper
Intermediate Driver

You neglected to mention that In approximately 175 sports car races, John Paul Jr won 20, stood on the podium more than 50 times and captured its biggest victories at Daytona and Sebring. Lost on December 29 after nearly 20 years of fighting Huntington’s Disease, ‘Junior’ was among the best all-rounders of his generation.
From; racer.com
geozinger
Detailer

What a piece of history. As time goes on, I've come to appreciate the qualities of the C4 more than when it was new. We'll never see another car like that again.
TonyT
Instructor

As much of an evolution as that car was compared to the C3, it was an electrical nightmare as far as the under-dash wiring was concerned. Three of them came in to our shop after being out of warranty for two years with massive electrical faults (one actually caught fire) and it took us weeks to sort out the issues. Some of the harnesses and circuit boards were "spiking," wherein the solder joints were growing little conductive hairs which allowed current to travel where it shouldn't, like to ground. The fuse panel(s) couldn't protect a problem in the middle of the wire run so disaster was always lurking, waiting for a chance to come out and play.
Tcoradeschi
Intermediate Driver

Ah, yes. What you call "spiking" is due to the use of lead-free solders (also called "tin whiskers"). Imagine that the piece in question is not under the dash of a sports car, but in a satellite in orbit, or a piece of military equipment (so it needs to work when it needs to work). Industry has, generally, sorted that all out now, but for a while things looked pretty ugly.

SteveA
Pit Crew

I'm the original owner of a 93 coupe with 162,000 miles of spirited driving on the clock and have to agree it's a unique and pleasureable driving experience.