Five Visible Features on the Corvette C8.R We Want to See on the C8 Corvette Z06

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Five Visible Features on the Corvette C8.R We Want to See on the C8 Corvette Z06


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

Five Visible Features on the Corvette C8.R That We Want to See on the C8 Corvette Z06


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

Five Visible Features on the Corvette C8.R That We Want to See on the C8 Corvette Z06


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

Five Visible Features on the Corvette C8.R That We Want to See on the C8 Corvette Z06


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

Five Visible Features on the Corvette C8.R That We Want to See on the C8 Corvette Z06


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

Five Visible Features on the Corvette C8.R That We Want to See on the C8 Corvette Z06


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.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. i like the mirrors and and one does not stick out further than the other? the front cap id different in the center its wider at the top narrower at the bottom the rear looks the same and the side vent is different all in all i want the C8R now.

  2. The front fascia of the C8.R looks agressive; my hat is off to the aero team, and the artists who did the livery. Certainly a step up from the C7.R Those out there (myself included) who have been skeptical of Chevrolet’s level of commitment to GT racing may have just received their answer in the C8.R. Only time will tell!

    When you view the fascia from different angles, it first reminded me of the cephalic fins of a manta ray’s mouth, but ultimately invoked the mouth of the Predator alien creature; at least in my eyes it does. I don’t know if this was intended, as you see something very similar with the street variant (perhaps an homage to the Manta Ray concepts?), but the whole package looks amazing nonetheless!

    I think we can count on vented wheel wells, slightly tweaked rear duct inlets and other aero upgrades on the street variants. Maybe not Z06, but definately ZR1. Perhaps the aftermarket industry has some inspiration as well!

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