Corvette Racing is building out a fourth Corvette C8.R chassis as part of its preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in August.
According to Sportscar365, the Michigan-based team is currently in the process of building an additional Corvette C8.R chassis in order to compartmentalize its IMSA and FIA WEC programs. The No. 4 Corvette C8.R that won its class in last weekend’s IMSA round at Detroit will become the No. 64 car for Le Mans, while the No. 63 car that raced at the FIA WEC 6H of Spa season opener last month will remain in Europe for Le Mans in August.
The new chassis currently being built will also be shipped to Europe as a backup car for Le Mans and will be air freighted to France following the IMSA round at Road America on August 8th. The No. 3 Corvette C8.R chassis that currently competes in IMSA will remain in the U.S.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans was postponed from its initial June 12-13 date to August 21-22. Despite the postponement, Corvette Racing has still faced some logistical challenges in getting its cars from the U.S. to France – mostly due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We used to be able to just air freight everything over and now it’s so expensive to air freight things,” team manager Marc Maurini told Sportscar365. “We’re looking at whether it’s cheaper to buy things ahead of time and sea-freight them.”
“For instance, [instead of] air-freighting a set of wheels, we’re buying new wheels and having them shipped directly from BBS to Germany,” Maurini added. “But I don’t see any red flags for us. Obviously Le Mans is something this program has done for a while and we’re pretty well-versed in it.
“It’s just COVID this year makes it a little more difficult.”
Next on the docket for Corvette Racing and the Corvette C8.R is the IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen on June 27th, 2021. The team last competed at the Six Hours of the Glen in 2019, with the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia finished second in class behind the race-winning No. 911 Porsche 911 of Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy.