Earlier this month, General Motors debuted the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, a special edition model that honors the Corvette C8.R and its winning run in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech race series. With a long list of aesthetic upgrades over the standard 2022 Corvette Stingray, the IMSA GTLM Championship Edition (sometimes referred to as Corvette C8.R Special Edition) appears to be designed for a very specific sort of customer. But who?
To find out, GM Authority executive editor Alex Luft spoke with Corvette marketing director Harlan Charles, who provided some insight into who the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition was designed for.
“A lot of out Corvette customers are huge Corvette Racing fans,” Charles explains. According to the Corvette marketing director, not only do many of the customers watch the Corvette Racing events, but some fans even follow the team and fly out to see the races in person.
“This Corvette IMSA GTLM Special Edition is for them,” Charles says.
Essentially, the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition is meant to celebrate the mid-engine Corvette’s championship-winning run in the the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Series, taking styling cues from the Corvette C8.R race cars. Based on the range-topping 3LT trim level, the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition is offered with two unique graphics packages, including the No. 3 edition, which features Accelerate Yellow paint with gray body graphics, and the No. 4 edition, which features Hypersonic Gray paint with yellow graphics.
The special edition Vette also features yellow brake calipers, Trident alloy wheels with a Black finish and Jake logo center cap, Carbon Flash exterior mirrors, black side rockers and splash guards.
The upgrades extend to the interior as well, with Strike Yellow and Sky Cool Gray upholstery laid on top of standard GT2 seats. Competition Sport Bucket seats also also offered. Final touches include yellow seatbelts and a unique C8.R Special Edition numbered plaque.
Just 1,000 examples of the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition will be built, with pricing set at $6,595 over the price of a standard 2022 Corvette 3LT.