A 2021 Chevy Corvette fitted with what the new-for-2021 Stingray R package has been photographed at the Rolex 24 Hour race, which Corvette Racing just finished sweeping (more on that later).
Talk of a Stingray R package for the mid-engine Corvette began in March of last year. A leaked Corvette Order Guide, which mentioned several upcoming paint color and stripe options, also referred to a “‘Stingray R’ theme graphics and wheel cap” package. This would make the car resemble the Corvette C8.R racer which competes in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.
In August, a white Corvette C8 was used as the official pace car for the IMSA meeting at Road America. In case anyone missed the details, a photo of that car parked on the track beside the GTLM Corvette racers showed up in the @TeamChevy Twitter account the following week.
This and other official images showed that the white car had several additional elements. The most immediately obvious was a black/carbon two-tone hood stripe. Other details included red sideview mirrors, red aero accents and a large Bow Tie roof emblem. The word ‘Stingray’ appears in white letters on a windshield banner, and again – this time followed by a red letter R – on the front splitter. The last of these features provided the most convincing evidence that the pace car had been fitted with the Stingray R package.
However, we are now a month into 2021, and the Stingray R package is nowhere to be seen in the official Corvette configurator on the Chevrolet website or for dealers to order. To add further confusion, the red Corvette seen at Daytona does not have exactly the same graphics as the white one at Road America.
The white-and-red Stingray R lettering is still present but instead of the splitter, it is now located on an aero panel ahead of the rear wheels. The two-tone hood stripe is present, but there is no Bow Tie emblem on the roof, and the sideview mirrors are not red. Close inspection of the photos suggests that the wheel center caps do not have Corvette Jake logo, which may have been present with the Road America pacer car.
Whether the Stingray R package has been revised since August, or the red Corvette simply does not have all the elements applied, is not yet clear. However, the photos do at least suggest that the package is becoming closer to being an official option for America’s mid-engine sports car.
Hat tip to Nigel Scott Dobbie for the photos.