The Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype race car is getting a new body for the 2015 Tudor United SportsCar series, according to the IMSA website, reflecting some of the styling cues introduced by the Corvette C7 production car.
Don’t you worry, though; it still looks like its own dreamy, super-fantastic, unapproachable thing.
The new Corvette Daytona Prototype is pictured above, and will make its first in-the-flesh appearance this Monday when it tests at Daytona International Speedway in the hands of Action Express Racing. Mind you, that’s the very same Action Express Racing that won the team DP title in last year’s inaugural USCC season. After that, the Action Express car will be joined by other examples of the new Corvette DP on January 9th through the 11th, at the annual “Roar Before the Rolex 24.”
The new Corvette DP design reflects the production car’s grille and basic hood contours, but the familial resemblance becomes more pronounced moving around to the rear of the car, where the taillights are an almost perfect facsimile of those on the road-going C7. It’s doubtful whether any of these particular alterations will prove to be anything more than stylistic considerations, but at the very least, whatever glory the DP race car sees on the track will be shared with the latest production Corvettes.
We call that “fame through association.”