The new 2016 Corvette C7.R was recently captured on video as the team was testing the car at Sebring International Raceway. Testing alongside the black C7.R was the new Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3 race car.
This is the 2nd generation of Corvette Racing’s C7.R that will conform to the new 2016 regulations. The major change is the addition of a mandatory driver escape hatch that is built into the roof of the car.
Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan talked about the new 2016 Corvette C7.R prior to end of the 2015 season. “It has the safety improvements built into it,” Fehan says, “and it has some small aero changes on it and that’s about it.” He added that fans will see “no real discernible difference” when looking at the new car.
Since the end of the season, we have learned that Corvette Racing as resigned its core full time drivers meaning that Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner and Oliver Gaving will all be back in 2016. However, we have learned that Ryan Briscoe, part of the endurance driver lineups at Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans, may be headed over to our cross-town rivals at Ford. So expect the team to be on the hunt for another driver or two to fill out those endurance races.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Corvette C7.R and the Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3 racers:
Corvette Racing’s 2016 C7.R Getting Ready for FIA Performance Tests in France
[PODCAST] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Featured on Speedcast
Familiar Four: Corvette Racing Re-Signs Full Season Drivers for 2016