Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Racer Sounds Intense During Night Track Session

In parallel with the road-going Corvette C8, Chevrolet is testing the race version that will follow the brand’s naming tradition and wear the C8.R moniker.

While we’ve seen plenty of photos and videos of the street-legal version (not to mention renderings), the Corvette C8.R hasn’t been in the limelight that much. Now it’s time to make up for that as a new video has emerged of the C8.R being unleashed on the Sebring Raceway at night.

While a day footage would be preferable, it’s definitely a treat for our ears. The Corvette C8.R produces a relatively high-pitched V8 sound that would probably make some people mistake it for a Ferrari if they didn’t watch the clip.

We couldn’t help but notice that a vast majority of commentators on YouTube don’t like the way the C8.R sounds. They find the high-pitched noise sounds nothing like Corvettes of the past, including the current C7.R, which a distinctive roar.

While everyone is entitled to an opinion, the fact is the mid-engined Corvette C8 will mark a major technological shift in the Corvette’s evolution and the engine sound will reflect that, even in the racing version.

The big question here is what engine the C8.R runs. It might be the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that will also be offered in the rumored Grand-Sport range-topping version of the road-going Vette. One thing is certain, though: the transmission is either a bespoke racing sequential (more likely) or a dual-clutch.

The mid-engine race car should compete in a number of series and endurance events, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and will hit the tracks in anger in 2020.

  • Six_Tymes

    whoa… cant wait for the reveal and reviews

    • ace_9

      Reviews??? :DDD Of a racing car? 😀

      • john1168

        That’s not what he’s saying… He’s saying that he can’t wait for the review of the production version and the reveal of the production version and perhaps the racing version too.

  • Astonman

    That looks badass! And I love the new sound!

  • Mike anonymous

    They’ve been developing the vehicle your seeing on that track as far back as 2006 (to my knowledge), (not the idea as that’s been around for decades, but the actual vehicle your seeing on the track).
    It was put on due to the recession, and they came out with the C7 (as it was a little bit less risky) instead. Since the C7’s release they’ve been (once again) working on this, the C8.

    Now I’ve been seriously skeptical about this vehicle and wether or not it would live up to the decades old hype of a production Mid-Engine Corvette,.. and to be honest I still am.

    BUT if this engine sound alone is anything to go off,.. my goodness,.. I can’t wait.

    • Astonman

      I remember Bob Lutz talking about this program. What are the things that are making you skeptical?

  • Honda NSX-R

    Who cares about YouTube commenters. GM could bring back the exact C2 Corvette Stingray design with a revised C7 Corvette drivetrain and platform and YouTube commenters would still whine

    • TheAmerican

      It sounds good, but it doesn’t sound “Corvette” if you know what I mean. It sounds like a full on exotic supercar, not an American made, V8 powered, super car

      • Honda NSX-R

        I get what you mean.

      • Mark Seven-Ultranine

        So now America is making an exotic supercar. I don’t see what’s wrong with that. So it will wear a Corvette badge. Seems appropriate given Corvette’s history of being America’s first sports car. It was inevitable. They’ve been talking mid-engine for many years. Now it is here. It’s the next step. It’s evolution. And if it can compete on a world stage against Ferrari, et al, I’m in.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Last lines of the article show the incompetence of the writers. No race car use a dual-clutch trans, too heavy and fragile
    That said, this is definitely a flat plane twin-turbo v8

  • Mark Seven-Ultranine

    As a 2016 Z51 Stingray owner, I’ve been quite critical of the C8. But after seeing this, I’m starting to lean the other way and getting excited for the real thing!

    • ace_9

      It’s like getting excited for a Toyota pickup, because the Dakar version of it is amazing…

    • john1168

      The C8 is gonna be a great car. But it ain’t gonna be cheap…

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  • Blade t

    Wow sounds pretty wild.. Seems more like testing for racing rather than a production model.

    • ace_9

      You are very observant and intelligent…

      • Blade t

        Keep on trolling dipshit. .

  • ErnieB

    Sounds and looks wild!! I honestly think the production vehicle will look great.. just wish it has a mechanical rear wing.. that would be sweet.. anyhoo.. I could listen to this all day!

    • john1168

      I’m with you on this:) It does sound great. Of course most race cars do:) I’d love to see at least a nice/tasteful looking rear wing or preferably an active aero system where the rear wing goes up and down like on a Ford GT.

  • ace_9

    This comment section is priceless…

  • john1168

    This sounds awesome! I can’t wait to see it in some races and for the production version.

  • Astonman

    This racing version has a wider body so it looks more aggressive. It will interesting if they will continue with the same theme of widening the body as they have done on the ZO6 and ZR1. I want mine to be wide and with that big wing.

  • SteersUright

    Dunno what anyone can complain about, sounds pretty darn awesome, especially the lightning quick shifts. Hopefully the street car comes with some sort of DCT and can shift life that too.

    • john1168

      I believe it’s coming out with an 8 speed DCT. Nothing confirmed yet of course but that’s the rumor floating around.

  • SteersUright

    Feel the same way. Dont know why they insist on calling it one. Should’ve had a Cadillac badge, they need all the positive attention they can get.

  • Randy Terpstra

    What? Folks complaining about how it sounds? It sounds like it’s ready to take on the world.

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