Chevrolet shocked everyone at the C8 Convertible reveal Wednesday night by bringing out the all-new C8.R for a surprise sneak peek.
No details were given but several neat features were out in plain sight. We are hoping to see some of these upgrades trickle down from the racing version to future road-legal models. Z06 anyone?
1. More aggressive front fascia
Edgier and more pronounced features are a staple of higher-end performance-oriented Corvettes. The set up on the C8.R looks absolutely sinister; very comparable to some of the unique “fangs” used by Lamborghini to differentiate the most focused versions of its cars! Let’s hope this mean look carries over to the Z06!
2. The fender vent behind the front wheel
One of the coolest looking things on the C8.R are the vents built into the fender behind the front tires. This isn’t just for show either, they also relieve built-up air pressure from inside the wheel arches, reducing aerodynamic lift. Porsche RS models have been taking advantage of the great looks and aero benefits of similar vents for a few years now and we’d love to see them on a widebody C8!
3. NACA Ducts
These, coolest of all ducts, can be found on the hood, (frunk lid? The new layout is going to take some getting used to!) and engine cover of the C8.R. The amazing low-drag air intakes were invented by what would become NASA and can be found on almost anything that takes speed seriously from aircraft to the Ferrari F40. The performance benefits provided by these ducts, along with the vents in the hood are nice but they also have a dramatic effect on the looks of the C8, similar to the transformation provided by the hood scoop on C6 widebodies; sign us up!
4. Dive Planes
Another cool aero feature of the new Corvette Racecar are the dive planes. Once again, these look unbelievably cool while also adding downforce. The Camaro ZL1 1LE shouldn’t be the only Chevy having all of the fun with these on track days! Dive planes are usually only included on very extreme track variants so perhaps these could be included in a Z07-style track attack package?
5. The Mid-Engine “Hood” Scoop
Directly over the rumored 5.5L V8 behind the C8.R’s rear window is a righteous air intake scoop. It would be even better if turned into a McLaren F1-esk roof scoop which could be integrated into a new take on one of Corvette’s most iconic styling cues, the split rear window.
We nearly included the big wing but that was just done with the C7 ZR1. We would love to see the Corvette team to continue to move forward and include a new, active rear wing. Such a piece would be able to be put down for high-speed runs or up where it does triple duty with cornering downforce, air braking, and impressing your friends.
Do you notice anything that we missed? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to CorvetteBlogger as more details continue to emerge.