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Chevy Corvette C7.R Packs a 5.5-Liter V8 Punch

New racing Stingray was built alongside the Z06.

The Corvette C7.R has finally broken cover at the Detroit Motor Show. Developed alongside the new Z06, the racing variant of the Stingray is based on an aluminum frame and comes packing a 5.5-liter naturally-aspirated V8 with unspecified output. Racing regulations limited the engine’s displacement, but direct injection gives the C7.R more power and more precise throttle control.

A rear-mounted six-speed sequential gearbox sends power to the 18-inch alloys, which house case steel rotors and 6-piston calipers.

Aerodynamic upgrades include an aggressive splitter up front and giant wing at the back, as well as a forward-tilted radiator and ventilation in the hood and front quarter panels. The 2014 C7.R will be eligible to race in various motorsport series, kicking off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 23. As well as doing battle with the Viper GTS-R at the rest of the United SportsCar Championship season, it will also partake in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the summer.

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