Corvette C8.R race car is ready to win at Daytona, LeMans, and around the world.
Many auto enthusiasts expect that the long-awaited Chevrolet Corvette C8 with a new mid-engine design will make its grand debut at January’s 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Should that be the case, it will end speculation that has literally been going on for decades. But until January, we are still busy wondering what to expect from the next chapter in the story of the legendary Corvette.
In addition to a mid-engine road car, spy shots have shown that Chevrolet is also working on a race-only version of the mid-engine sports car and the odds are good that it will be called the C8.R. Like the C5.R, C6.R and C7.R, the C8.R will be a race car based on the production platform, but designed to win races like the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 24 Hours of LeMans and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
With the knowledge that the mid-engine Corvette will have a racing version, we had our artists pen a C8.R race car that is clear of the black-and-white camo that obscures the lines of test mules. The result is a gorgeous race car that is likely to look a great deal like the real thing, offering slightly more detail than our previous mid-engine racer rendering.
The C8.R Rendering
As you can see in the image above, our rendering of the Corvette C8.R race car looks a great deal like the artwork that we shared a few months back. There are some key differences though, in addition to the fact that this yellow car is a bit sharper than the red car we previously showcased.
Along the side, the yellow race car wears proper wheels and tires and up front, the C8.R has a far more aggressive face, accentuated by a pair of dive planes on each side of the nose. This new rendering has slightly sharped headlights than our last as well, with small vents flanking each bank of lights and much larger vents on the lower portion of the front fascia.
While we don’t know for sure when we will see the actual Corvette C8.R race car, if it looks like this, it will be popular with racing fans while the mid-engine performance will likely be popular with the drivers in the cockpit.