[PODCAST] Listen to the C8.R’s Flat-Plane Crank V8 as it Laps Sebring


[PODCAST] Listen to the C8.R's Flat-Plane Crank V8 as it Laps Sebring

Photo Credit: Richard Prince for Corvette Racing

The Marshall Pruett Podcast has a treat for fans of the Corvette C8.R and it may even offer us a preview of the C8 Corvette Z06 as its been rumored to utilize a street version of the C8.Rs new high-revving FPC engine when it comes out sometime later this year or in early 2022.

The C8.R is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 which gives this Corvette a very unique audio signature, especially on downshifts. Marshall calls the sound “unlike anything in racing today” and while it might not be that deep V8 rumble we are used to, it’s certainly something we can get behind. As we’ve previously stated, when you are winning championships, all the complaints seem to go away.

To record the sound clip, Marshall (with approval from the Corvette Racing team) strapped a sound recorder to the rear of the Yellow No. 3 Corvette C8.R that was driven by Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor, and Nicky Catsburg during IMSA’s 2020 season finale last November at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

The podcast clocks in at nearly 50 minutes and Marshall describes the placement of his sound recorder between the two exhaust ports as the “trumpets of the Gods just playing a soundtrack like nothing else in motor racing.” Despite making a living as a writer, Marshall says trying to come up with a description of the sound is impossible.

For the C8.R to have a flat-plane crank V8, it has to homologate a version of the engine in a streetcar, so it’s widely expected that the C8 Corvette Z06 currently under development and expected as a 2022 model will be the model to offer it.

Marshall Pruett Podcast via Road and Track

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