The next endurance racing Corvette just made a surprise appearance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Although its appearance was unexpected, we're still thrilled it was shown, even if it's covered in camouflage. This is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R race car that will soon be competing in various GT motorsport events across the country and overseas. Yes, that means Le Mans. Its official racing debut won't be until this January at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but the automaker has released these images of a prototype doing its thing at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Replacing the now discontinued C6.R, the C7.R endurance racer will compete in the GT1 category. More than likely, it'll be powered by an updated version of the 5.5-liter V8 from the C6.R, but we won't rule out the possibility of an all-new engine. Regardless of which V8 is under the hood, it'll be mated to a paddle-shift sequential gearbox. The chassis will be constructed from aluminum and there'll be a number of body modifications such as that big rear wing, front spoiler, the large air extractor on the hood and those large diagonal vents behind the front wheels. We'll just have to wait until the first few weeks of 2014 to see the new endurance racer Corvette in action.