marked the return of the convertible to the Corvette
line-up, and was the second opportunity for Corvette
to provide the Official Pace Car for the Indianapolis
500, where the car was driven by famous test pilot Chuck
with the first Corvette pace car in 1978, the 1986 Corvette
needed no mechanical modifications to pace the race.
In fact it was the first street-legal car to pace Indy
since the previous Corvette.
1986 Corvette was introduced to the world at the Detroit
Auto Show with its ABS braking system which became standard
equipment with all 1986 Corvettes. The new brakes worked
through a system of sensors at each wheel that transferred
data to a computerized electronic control unit. A center
line "High Mount" stoplight was added to the
1986 Corvette to comply with federal requirements. On
the convertible, the light was inserted into the rear
pilot and retired Air Force General Chuck Yeager was
selected to drive the Indy pace car.
did not issue a specific pace car replica but instead
designated all 7,315 1986 convertibles to be Pace Car
Replicas, regardless of color, and included decal packages
to be installed by the dealer or customer.
race winner this year was Bobby Rahal, piloting his
Budweiser/Truesports March / Cosworth.