The Corvette Racing Team relies on Clear-Com to maintain communication between the driver and his team
Endurance car racing need quality communications. That’s why the Corvette Racing team has invested in the IP intercom technologies from Clear-Com including the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix, FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless systems and the Agent-IC Mobile App.
The Corvette Racing team designs and builds race scars for street-course endurance events. “Our races are anywhere from 100 minutes to 24 hours long,” said team engineer Matt Cummings. “When you’re trying to keep cars and drivers going for that long, and also keep crews and engineers engaged, communication becomes incredibly important.”
In 2019, Corvette Racing switched from two-way radios and single-channel intercoms to new Clear-Com systems, a move Cummings, now in his seventh year with Corvette Racing, described as one of the biggest evolutions in the program’s history in terms of quality and productivity.
The team’s intercom matrix and panels are built into its pit stand, which is manufactured in England by Clear-Com Partner MRTC and shipped for pre-race assembly at the team’s U.S headquarters. They also often use the same system layout for each event as its core template and then decides on-site if additional channels are needed.
“What’s great about the EHX software is I can program it on the fly, which I do often” he said. “I probably don’t go through a race weekend without reprogramming the intercom at least a few times. We can add or subtract channels as needed and also set up channels for private conversations between specific groups or with just one person individually without having to disturb everyone else.”
In 2021, Corvette Racing also explored remote race management using Clear-Com’s Agent-IC mobile app. Team engineers in the United States connected on their phones to a race site in Belgium and were able to maintain reliable communications with crews and drivers, a perfect workflow option for people who don’t need to be on-site for a whole race but still need to be in touch.