[SPIED] Spy Photos of the Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R Offers the Best Look Yet at the Upcoming C8

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[SPIED] Spy Photos of the Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R Offers the Best Look Yet at the Upcoming C8

Photo Credit: Brian Willams / SpiedBilde


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!

[SPIED] Spy Photos of the Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R Offers the Best Look Yet at the Upcoming C8


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!

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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.


Source:
Brian Willams / SpiedBilde


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[SPIED] The Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R Spotted Track Testing at Road America
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17 COMMENTS

  1. Not sure if I like the new design.I suppose it will grow on me eventually.The technical upgrades seem intriguing.I’m sure it will be a blast to drive.

  2. The rear quarter makes the car look “porky”, AKA junk-in-the-trunk. The top line needs to be lowered.

  3. Thank you Keith for posting not just the full set, but the best quality set of pictures I have seen today. YEAH CorvetteBlogger!

    As for the car, WOW! Yes, it is going to take some getting used to… And we thought we Corvette folks were touchy earlier about the C6’s visible headlights and the C7’s non-round taililights, well…, “we ain’t seen nothing yet.”

  4. Love the top line and swoop to the rear fender. When the camo is taken off the side window above the side scoops, the top will look more delicate. Car looks to have a very low profile overall, Nice!

  5. This is just NOT good design. Looks awkward and the rear haunches are WAY too big. The side air scoop is awful. What a wasted opportunity. Michael Simcoe has failed his first really important assignment. GM needs better design talent.

  6. I like it except for the shape of the side air intakes, but I’ll wait until the camo is removed to see how it looks.

  7. For those complaining her butt is too big remember it’s the R version. WIdebody. Give it a chance. Think about what you’re looking at. The first mid-engine Vette.

  8. The street version better have active aero. GM has an opportunity here to make a truly great car, I hope they hired new people to design the interior. Maybe I should start saving for a McLaren.

  9. No “Deep Throated” sound of a V8 (to me anyway), Rear Diffuser, is that just for Testing? R Series? Afterthought? Aside from those 2 items which I am sure I would get use too, I like the Looks! NICE…

  10. It is the next gen Corvette race car after all. Has seen a lot of wind tunnel time for sure.
    You may not like it, but bet it works.
    I see a little Corvette Daytona Prototype front.
    The street version I thought was always rear-chunky, adding racing wide-body architecture accentuates and draws more attention to it.
    What ever engine; DOHC or twin turbo or supercharged, it is going to need a lot of air.
    Those trapezoid rear vents behind the rear wheels/tires tell a lot about air movement.
    Presume rads or inter-coolers are between side vents and rear trapezoid vents.
    Low profile side view mirrors.
    Huge diffuser; that should create enormous down force.
    Transponder is there, rear facing camera is there, looks like they are ready to go.
    Don’t think Doug’s statement C7.R is here for another year is true, do you?

  11. One word:ugly.
    Hopefully Chevy delays the release of the street version to incorporate feedback. As compared to the Ford GT, Acura NSX, McLaren, Ferrari, etc. not even close in style. I realize a mid-engine will never look like a Corvette, but this thing looks like that Holden truck/Corvette mashup mule from a couple years ago.

  12. Two words…Bad Ass! Can’t wait to see it come and go from my campsite on the Ulmann Straight at Sebring.

  13. If this bad ass $130k car can hang with a McLaren 720S, the Corvette will be on top where it should be. Personally, I’m lovin’ the design. There’s only do much you can do to the look of a car and while keeping it aerodynamic. I’m open minded and from what I see, it’s going to be absolutely stunning.

  14. Wow! The sound of the C8.R has a very different sound than that of the C7.R. The C8.R sounds as if the Revs are much higher than that of the C7.R. The sound is very sweet and really boss (forgive me for this comment it is not to remind one of the Boss Ford products) but to say lookout boys I am the one and only!

    When this C8.R hits the track, it will complete Corvette’s desire to be a great SUPER CAR!!!
    I am a owner of the 2016 Z06 and I love it but the overheating is a bummer. I want one and I am waiting for it to be available for me.

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