Chevrolet Had a Surprise Unveiling of the Corvette C8.R Race Car
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Race Car Design Features and Racing Debut
While the debut of first-ever convertible hardtop version of the Chevy Corvette received most of the fanfare at Chevrolet’s press event at Kennedy Space Center earlier this month, Chevrolet had a surprise unveiling of another all-new Corvette model: the Corvette C8.R race car.
The Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race car is the first mid-engine GTLM race car. The model on display at the press event (#4 car) features new silver livery, inspired by the color of iconic Corvette concepts such as the 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette and the 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer. This car also features yellow accents. Complementing the #4 vehicle is the #3 car which will feature a traditional yellow color scheme with silver accents. The Corvette C8.R race car will make its racing debut at Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2020
“The C8.R is much more than just a race-tuned version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray. It’s a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering, and the Corvette Racing team. The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track.” – Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports.
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Successful Racing History of Chevy Corvette
The Corvette C8.R race car looks to build upon the successful racing history of the Chevy Corvette. Corvette Racing has won 107 races over the past 20 years, which is the most of any professional sports car team in North America. This includes 13 Team championships and 12 Driver and Manufacturer titles. In 2015, Corvette Racing became the first sports car team in 15 years to win endurance racing’s Triple Crown, with victories at Rolex 24 at Daytona, Twelve Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Le Mans.