On Saturday we shared photos of the first C8 Corvettes to wear an official pace car livery. Two Arctic White Z51 Coupes were used at the IMSA race at Road America to set the pace during the race. Over the course of the weekend, more photos emerged including these official pics from Team Chevy, and with the different views comes what could be several elements of the rumored “Stingray R” special edition.
We’ve been hearing about the “Stingray R” special edition since a dealer leak in March but so far the Corvette Team has been fairly tight-lipped about what the Stingray R actually is. We anticipated that we’d see more Yellow/Silver for the Stingray R package in keeping with the Corvette Racing racing liveries, as well as Chevrolet offering the new interior color (Sky Cool Gray seats with Strike Yellow accents) to bring more yellow into the cockpit. So we are surprised to see how much Red is being shown here.
On the Road America Pace Cars, we see the front splitter shows the “Stingray R” graphic while the hood stripe isn’t just a racing stripe, but contains a representation of Corvette Racing’s Jake with the words Corvette Racing in red. The graphic is done in a Carbon Fiber motif with the reverse side offered in black much like the C7 Jake Stinger graphics were offered on the previous model.
Also spied on the roof of the car is a similarly-designed reverse graphic featuring the Chevy Bowtie logo.
We also have to believe that the “Stingray” windshield banner is part of the package and we certainly love the Edge Red mirror caps on each side of the car. As the Corvettes race in the GTLM class, our C8.Rs also have red mirror caps for easy class identification.
As we mentioned in our weekend Pace Car posting, we absolutely love the graphics on the 5VM aero kits that are also done in the same red as the mirror caps. We wonder how much of a factor that the 5VM plays in the package. With the 5VM sidelined for the foreseeable future, it could be that the delay that is keeping the Corvette Team from announcing the details and availability of the Stingray R package.
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