We never doubted there wouldn’t be a new Corvette race car to compliment the all-but-confirmed C8 Corvette street car. But, now we’ve gotten our first look at the racer.
New spy photos show what we’ll presume is the C8.R racer testing at Road America. The car is entirely covered in swirled camouflage, but there’s substantially less cladding than what’s often present on the road car. From the handful of pictures, which only show the rear end, we spot a seriously chiseled behind, large wheel arches, ventilation for the mid-mounted engine and a gigantic rear diffuser. The body also appears to expose the front and rear tires slightly.
We have a lot of questions and zero answers on the C8.R at this point. After recent reports claimed the C8 Corvette will feature a trio of engine choices, we can’t help but wonder what Corvette Racing will stuff in the middle of its latest supercar. There’s also a chance we’ll see some sort of hybridization, too.
The original report said the current C7.R will compete in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans since a regulation does not allow newly homologated cars to compete in a round of the FIA WEC season. As such, we could see the C8.R show face at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, it appears a January debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show is a good guess for when we’ll see the production mid-engine Corvette.