Chevrolet Unveils New Corvette Z06 GT3.R Race Car, Will Hit The Tracks In 2024

Just a couple of weeks after the new Corvette Z06 was unveiled, the automaker has followed it up with the Z06 GT3.R race car.

The GT3.R will effectively replace the Corvette C8.R that has been used in various championships around the world. It features many of the styling updates introduced by the road-going Z06 and morphs them into a track-only racer that, for the first time, will be available to both pro and amateur teams.

Powering the car is the same 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 as the C8.R and the Z06, but due to racing regulations, output will be capped to between 500 hp and 600 hp, Chevrolet says. The dual-clutch eight-speed transmission of the street car has also been ditched in favor of a six-speed sequential transaxle driving the rear wheels.

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The Corvette Z06 GT3.R has also been equipped with double-wishbone suspension and features motorsport-specific six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers that can be quickly changed mid-race.

Various aerodynamic modifications have also been made to the car. For example, it has a unique splitter and dive plans affixed to the front bumper. The rocker panels and side skirts are also unique, as are the slim wing mirrors. Found at the rear is a towering wing and a huge diffuser.

“It’s an exciting time for Corvette – first with the reveal of the production Z06 and now confirming the Corvette Z06 GT3.R for customer racers,” Chevrolet’s director of motorsports competition engineering Mark Stielow said in a statement. “The availability of the Z06 GT3.R will allow customer race teams the opportunity to campaign a Corvette that has benefited from Corvette Racing’s rich history.”

Chevrolet hasn’t said how much the Z06 GT3.R will cost but has confirmed it will be ready for the 2024 racing season, meaning we will have to wait quite a while before seeing it in action.

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