Earlier this year the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette was revealed and with it a complete change in direction of the American sports car classic with a mid-engine design. That sound you hear are the tortured cries of Corvette fan boys who believe that moving the engine to the rear in a Corvette is a communist plot. Yet, many automotive experts have noted that Chevrolet maxed out the performance ability of the front-engined design both in terms of power and handling and that the only frontier available was to go mid-engined.
The next chapter of the Corvette legacy is now official as Chevrolet unveiled the C8.R race car. Corvette has a rich history of racing and winning in North American sports car racing over the last 20 years and they will continue that tradition with the C8.R. Since 1999, Corvette Racing has won 107 races – the most of any professional sports car team in North America - including 13 Team championships and 12 Driver and Manufacturer titles. In 2015, Corvette Racing became the first sports car team in 15 years to win endurance racing’s Triple Crown - victories at Rolex 24 at Daytona, Twelve Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans - in the same season.
The C8.R will make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2020. The C8.R will be in direct competition with the Porsche 911 and Ferrari 488 race cars.