Video: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Dry Sump Oil System Explained

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2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

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2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

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Dry-sump oil systems are the apple of many a race-engineer's eye, and the technology has been making its way into passenger cars for some time now. Chevrolet's Corvette range is one of those adopters, having dry-sump oil systems in the ZR1, Z06 and, for 2010, the Grand Sport.

Though all three of those cars use similar small-block V-8 engines, they are all different: the ZR1 uses the supercharged 6.2-liter LS9, the Z06 uses a 7.0-liter LS7, and the Grand Sport uses a modified version of the 6.2-liter LS3. All three applications use the same dry-sump oil tank, however.

The main purpose of a dry-sump oil system is to allow an engine to pull higher g-forces without causing oil starvation issues than would be possible with a standard wet-sump oil system. In some applications, the lack of a tall oil pan on the bottom of the engine also allows it to be placed lower in the chassis, lowering the car's overall center of gravity and further improving performance.

To learn all about the Grand Sport's LS3 dry-sump application, watch the detailed video below.

 
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