If you thought the 6.2-liter V8 powering the C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was impressive, just wait until you hear the new C8.R in action.
Unexpectedly unveiled alongside the new Corvette Convertible at Kennedy Space Center this week, the new C8.R will make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 endurance race in January next year. Chevrolet has yet to announce powertrain specifications although we’re sure that after watching the videos below, you’ll agree that there is something special going on behind the skin.
It is reported that the Corvette C8.R is likely powered by a naturally-aspirated V8 engine displacing 5.5-liters and featuring a flat-plane crank. This would explain why the engine revs up extraordinarily fast and has more of a howl to it than the burble of the road car. There’s no doubt that a racing exhaust system that doesn’t feature catalytic converters helps with this incredible symphony.
The Corvette has enjoyed a long and extremely successful racing career up until this point. In fact, Corvette Racing has claimed 107 race victories since 1999 and won 13 team championships, 12 driver titles, and 12 manufacturer titles across various racing series’.
Only one Corvette C8.R has been revealed so far. It is painted in a silver livery with yellow accents and takes inspiration from concepts such as the 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette and 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer.
Complementing the car’s bespoke racing powertrain are a host of new aerodynamic parts that will allow it to rival other racers like the Porsche 911 RSR and BMW M6 GTE.