2020 Corvette C8.R Race Car Teased

The 2020 Corvette Convertible wasn’t the only future model teased last night as Chevrolet also previewed the upcoming C8.R.

Set to replace C7.R, which racked up more than a dozen wins including a class victory at Le Mans, the C8.R will become the company’s newest race car.

Little is known about the model, but the teaser shows it will closely resemble the coupe. However, the race car has been equipped with a quick release hood and additional lights for endurance racing.

The C8.R also has larger side scoops and what appears to be a lightweight windscreen. We can also see new side mirrors, a prominent rear wing and a massive diffuser. There’s also an extra scoop above the mid-mounted engine.

The interior has been gutted and replaced by one specifically designed for racing. As you can see, the car has a Corvette Racing steering wheel with at least 18 different buttons and control knobs.

The model also has two digital displays including a digital instrument cluster. Other highlights include a roll cage and a HANS-compatible driver’s seat. There’s also a unique center stack with an assortment of buttons and controls.

The C8.R is rumored to adopt a turbocharged engine, but nothing is official as of yet. Regardless, the C7.R was developed alongside the Corvette Z06 and featured a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 engine.

Also Read: 2020 Corvette C8 Is America’s Mid-Engine Sports Car For The Masses

The 2020 Corvette Stingray, on the other hand, has a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that produces up to 495 hp (369 kW / 502 PS) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission which enables the car to rocket from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in less than three seconds.

Note: You can watch and hear the C8.R near the 58 minute mark

 

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  • Ben

    I like how close the C7 was in design to the C7.R, I hope the same is true for the C8.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Will be the end of the Ford GT40 legend.

    • Octane

      Ford already has ended the GT race program

  • Bo Hanan

    I love that Chevy hid all this up until yesterday- and then released everything the next day. And I really hope they go full blown motorsports. I also want to see at least 10 variations (with power levels) on the C8 Corvette, ala 911.

  • SteersUright

    Corvette race cars are always the very best looking version of the car. I often wonder why they don’t just produce the race car body with the stock interior and sell it as a special edition? The Grandsport comes closest but is still nowhere near as dramatic and good looking as the race car versions.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Too bad the GTE cars today are prototypes.
    The Ferrari has a longer wheelbase than the road car, the Porsche is mid-engine (!), the BMW has a COMPLETELY different roofline, the Ford is a race car that raced before they even got out the road one (Mercedes CLK-GTR vibes), the Aston has a custom chassis, the Corvette C7.R had a bespoke engine.
    Let’s see what comes out.

  • Six_Tymes

    OK, now this is going to be cool.

  • Steve Grambo

    I’ll keep my McLaren, Figured Chevrolet would come out with something better than this

    • Emoto

      Is it as good as the $60k McLaren?

  • JorgeDeeeeeaz

    Add that rear wing and a smaller front splitter to the production car and we have a winner

  • SteersUright

    Love the wide body look. Will look amazing in a their traditional coat of yellow paint.

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