Yesterday’s reveal of spy photos showing Corvette Racing testing the C8.R at Road America was just the appetizer. Now get ready for the full-course meal as we have a full set of spy photos showing the upcoming racing variant of the C8 mid-engine Corvette.
The C8.R, like its C7.R predecessor is an exaggerated widebody racing version of the street cars. However, they still carry the same overt design cues as the street cars and so this is the best look yet at what the new Corvette will look like!
No longer are the various lines of the car as well as the side scoops hidden from sight with the heavy black camouflage. We see now the shape of the actual side air intakes, the feature lines on the doors and for the first time in the series of the modern Corvette Racing team, the hood design is clean and without the usual waterfall-type hood for expelling hot air from the engine which is now behind the drivers.
Corvette Racing’s program manager Doug Fehan often talks about cascade engineering, meaning that each generation of street car improves the next race car, which in turn improves the next generation street car. Like the Corvette C7.R and the Z06, the C8.R race car has been developed alongside the street version of the C8 mid-engine Corvette, and so it’s exciting to see the development of the C8 generation being attacked from both ends of the spectrum.
There has been a lot of discussion about the sound of the car and I have included an embed of the C8.R sound as first brought to us by SportsCar365.com
Although the Corvette sounds different than what we are use to, I am willing to trade that for a Corvette Race car that can win at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. There will be growing pains for sure with the new car, but give the Pratt & Miller team some time and America’s favorite sports car will once again stand on the top of the podium at the world’s greatest racetracks.
And now for the full set of Corvette C8.R spy photos from Road America!
What’s your take on the latest spy photos of the mid-engine Corvette C8.R at Road America? Let us know in the comments below and for even more discussions, head on over to the Mid-Engine Corvette Forum and throw your hat into the ring with other like-minded Corvette enthusiasts.
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