The Corvette C8.R, which will race for the first time at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, sounds nothing like the Small Block V8-powered race cars that came before it. With a new dual-overhead-camshaft, 5.5-liter flat-plane-crank V8 sitting midship, the Corvette C8.R has a more high-pitched sound than the chest-thumping, earth-shaking growl that came from the tailpipes of the Corvette C7.R, C6.R and C5-R. We’re sure Corvette Racing fans are less concerned about the way the car sounds and more concerned about its on-track performance, but we wouldn’t blame anyone for missing the sound of the old pushrod engine.
If you fall into the group that will long for the sound of a Corvette Racing Small Block, this video is for you. While not a Corvette Racing-built car, the Callaway Corvette Z06.R in the video below has a similar Small Block sound to some of Pratt & Miller’s previous creations thanks to its 7.0-liter LS7 V8.
The Z06.R was built by Germany’s Callaway Competition for use in various FIA-sanctioned GT3 race series and enjoyed plenty of success in the hands of several different teams. According to Racing Sports Cars, the Z06.R racked up 21 wins and 52 podiums throughout its 11-year career – all while fighting with high-pedigree offerings from the likes of Porsche and Ferrari.
The always amazing YouTube channel Italiansupercarvideo caught up with a Corvette Z06.R at Italy’s Imola Circuit earlier this year, filming it on-track and getting some close-up detail shots in the pits. If you’re a race fan, or just love the sound of a Small Block at full tilt, you won’t want to miss the video. Check it out embedded below.