There's absolutely no way a Corvette belongs in AI.
If you want to run a Corvette in a low power builders class, go run ST2.
How is ST2 a lower power class? It's 8.0:1 now; 7.6:1 on 275s. That requires 410-420 rwhp which means a cam and headers in a LS6. Why can't a 9.5:1 C5 run AI. I've been on track running Boss Mustangs in ST2 and they're plenty competent around the track with equal power/weight.
I think you may have mis-read my post. I did not say lower power, I said low power. By low power, I mean stock-ish engines. ST2 (and AI too for that matter) does not require a costly engine build. You can get there with a stock LS long block.
I've got a good comparison from my own experience. From what I've learned the C5 platform is far superior to any of the pony cars.
This past April at Road Atlanta I ran with NARRA in GT3 (8.5:1 power/weight). On Saturday I ran my AI car, and on Sunday I drove a bolt on but fairly stock C5Z. I was blown at how good a Corvette really is. We tuned some more power in my AI car to meet GT3 rules. I don't remember the exact HP numbers, somewhere around 350 to the tires. I ran 315 R6's all the way around on both cars. My car has full aero and is 200 lbs lighter than the C5 I drove. The C5 had no aero, and was stock expect long tubes, the older phadt coilovers, swaybars and AP brakes. It was still carrying the freakin' A/C bits. I did not push the C5 that hard because A) it wasn't mine, and B) it had a stock radiator and no oil/trans/diff coolers. I ran a best of 1:32.4 in my Camaro; and a 1:30.4 in the C5
. The Corvette was a full 2 seconds a lap faster than my AI car. Imagine what it could do built to the limit of the AI rulebook, less 200 lbs., and with full aero. It would be well into the 1:2X's. AIX cars don't even run that fast...FWIW my AI car is going up for sale soon; IF it sells, I'm building a ST2 C5.
Impressive time at RA for sure. Get on with the build
And yeah that has more aero than what we can run. They won't let us tape up the front bumper coves w/o taking points.