The mid engine Corvette C8.R racecar has been caught on video testing under the cover of darkness at Sebring International Raceway.
YouTube user Lanky Turtle shot and uploaded the video, which shows a C8.R test car lapping the 3.7-mile south Florida circuit at considerable pace. The video gives us our best idea yet at what the mid-engine GTLM racer will sound like, with the test car emitting a high-pitched noise that could be a turbocharged V8. The video also gives us a great look at what the C8 Corvette’s taillights will look like at night when fully illuminated. Not surprisingly, they look quite a bit like the C7 Corvette’s trapezoidal taillights.
This video all but affirms suspicions that the mid engine Corvette will be offered with some sort of turbocharged V8 engine. We’re all familiar with the sound of a naturally aspirated Small Block V8 engine in race spec, and the test mule in the video sounds nothing like it. It sounds more like a small displacement turbocharged V8, similar to the McLaren 650S GT3, for example, or the Ferrari 488 GT3.
Corvette Racing was testing the C8.R as part of a two day test that also involved the familiar C7.R. The Pratt & Miller squad will run the C7.R for one last season in 2019 before switching over to the more advanced mid engine platform in 2019. Sebring, with its unusually bumpy surface, serves as a good torture chamber for both cars and drivers. The team was also caught testing the C8.R at Road America in the summer.
Chevrolet may debut the new mid engine Corvette alongside the C8.R racecar at the forthcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. We won’t have to wait too much longer to know all the details on the C8.R, but for now, you can take in the race car’s rather interesting exhaust note in the video embedded above.