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Thursday, Oct 3 04:29pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Corvette reveals mid-engine C8.R to tackle IMSA

Corvette Racing has revealed their latest weather to try and take home the triple crown in 2020; the C8.R.

Arguably one of the most successful outfits in world sports car racing, Corvette have amassed 107 race wins, and 25 championship wins across the teams, drivers and manufacturers titles.

Until now, Corvette Racing have run their race cars in yellow. Now the team are taking inspiration from the 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette and the 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer with a silver and yellow scheme.

 

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The no. 3 and no. 4 entries will share identical liveries with reversed colours when they return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Details of the engine package haven’t been detailed as yet but is expected to run a 5.5-litre naturally-aspirated flat-plane crank V8.


There were some suggestions the car might be turbocharged, but early testing footage of the car suggests otherwise.

 

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The cars will debut in Rolex 24 at Daytona then make their way to the Twelve Hours of Sebring. If they win both, then a shot at the triple crown is on offer should they take victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Corvette is the only manufacturer to win all three races in a calendar year.

“The C8.R is much more than just a race-tuned version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray,” Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports said.

“It’s a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team.

“The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track.”

 

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