Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R Race Car Shows Up In Spy Photos12
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.
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Wow That chiseled rear end looks sharp. I know the model first introduced won’t have that wing but I’m sure the Z’s will and that will look menacing.
All I hope is that the car and driver report stating that this will weigh more then the C7 is false other then that we can forgot about the 911 comparasions this car will fight in a way higher weight class
Looks fantastic, especially considering that there will be less fender flare on the production version.
In all the public testing Chevy’s most carefully hidden the side air scoops. They’ll make or break the design.
I’ll bet it’s going to be drop dead gorgeous. Lusty. Sexy enough to make grown men who should know better take out ridiculous loans to buy one.
From the spy shot of the Chevrolet C8.R, you can almost guess with high accuracy of how the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette will look and there’s no doubt it’s a beauty.
It has a great turbo sound but I will miss the old NA engine sound of the old CR models. They reminded me of the old. Can Am cars.
The new car has a Ferrari sound and sound much better than the GT V6.
Sounds like the V6 turbo Fords to me. Either that or a much smaller displacement, higher rev-ing turbo V8. Could that higher pitch sound be a supercharger instead of a turbo?
Sorry but it is a DOHC TT V8 with a flat crank.
The GT race engine sounds like a school bus.
Autoblog had a good size shot. The scoop is very F22 like. It looks better than any of the drawings.
Unfortunately the C8.R looks better than the production car.
I saw the production car a few days ago and it’s stubby and boxy. I’m disappointed. Even though I don’t have the funds for a C8 I still wanted the industrial design to be as great as the C7. Alas, the GM design studio has once again failed to match the greatness of the engineering team.
Sounds like the V6 turbo Fords to me. but I don’t like this shape and color.
– slope game –
Won’t this just be fitted with a “mule” engine or maybe a race homologation special?
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