One of the hallmarks of the Corvette Design and Engineering team in recent years has been the celebration of Corvette history or other milestones with a Special Edition model, and we’ve been quite surprised that the Corvette team has so far skipped the opportunity to mark the passing of the torch to the mid-engine C8. The 2019 UAW strike and 2020’s COVID likely shelved any previous plans, but with Corvette Racing’s successful debut season, and with another model year changeover quickly approaching, we think we’ve got just the ticket to get you revved up!
The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Championship season was a banner year for Corvette Racing with the team earning their 100th win in IMSA on the way to a sweep of all three GTLM Championships. Faced with the reality of a drastically reduced field of competition and the focus turning to a new GT3 Pro class, IMSA has announced the retirement of the GTLM class at the end of this year. With Corvette Racing once again closing out another class of competition by basically being the last team standing, Chevrolet should offer a GTLM Championship Special Edition Corvette in honor of those accomplishments.
The 2022 model year coming this summer offers a perfect opportunity for the Corvette team to set things right. For 2022, Chevy should retire Accelerate Yellow and bring back a true yellow (Corvette Racing, Millenium, Competition…), and Shadow Gray should be replaced with the same dark silver on the No. 4 C8.R. These colors would serve as the basis for the GTLM Editions.
Like the 2009 GT1 Championship Editions, the GTLM Championship Special Edition would be offered in Yellow or Dark Silver, and each includes the High Wing, full Aero Kit, and replica striping/graphics kit of the C8.R. After two years of the same wheels, it’s time to roll out a new “motorsports” accessory wheel which would be launched on the special edition. Also, make it an option to add tow hooks, as well as the C8.Rs Michelin/Mobi1 1 racing decals for even more authenticity.
The cars would be loaded with the Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic ride control, and front lift. The 3LT interior would feature the Sky Cool Gray/Show Yellow seats with Yellow Seatbelts, but the dash pad is done in black for a unique look (and to reduce glare for track use). Jake would be featured on the waterfall speaker instead of the C8 logo, and a special Corvette Racing themed engine cover would be the cherry on top of the LT2 V8.
It also occurs to us that this special edition should honor the individual responsible for much of the team’s success, and so the center console would feature the numbered signature of Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing’s former Program Manager. Unofficially, we would refer to the GTLM Championship Special Editions as “Fehans”.
These GTLM Championship Special Editions would then be limited to 100 in each color in honor of 100 IMSA wins, and each color would feature unique VINs beginning with a sequence number of three for the Yellow editions and four for the Dark Silver. Chevy should then produce these 200 special editions within the first month of 2022 Corvette production so that Corvette Racing fans can take them to the races!
This is the Stingray R package we were hoping for, but now with the 100 IMSA Wins milestone reached and the retirement of GTLM, the 2022 model year marks the perfect opportunity for Chevrolet to offer such a special edition that would allow Corvette Racing enthusiasts to share in the team’s latest successes with a C8.R of their own.