Listen to that turbo V8 scream.
While we’re still waiting for the mid-engine Corvette C8 to debut, a new video has emerged of its race car sibling being put through its paces. The video shows the C8.R being tested at Florida's Sebring International Raceway during the night, which makes it hard to make out the details. We do, however, get a first look at the car’s massive taillights. There’s a good chance the race car will closely resemble its road car sibling, so it looks like it will retain the C7’s angular taillights instead of circular ones.
It sounds sublime, too. That thunderous noise you can hear is likely to be a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8, but nothing has been officially confirmed yet. The new Corvette C8 racer will replace the current C7.R in the GT class of the World Endurance Championship and GT Le Mans class of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2020, where it will race against the Aston Martin Vantage, Ferrari 488, and the Ford GT.
As for the road-going Corvette C8, the latest rumors suggest it will be called the Corvette Manta Ray. The entry-level engine will reportedly be an updated LT1 V8 with around 520 horsepower and 485 lb-ft of torque on tap. There will be three variants according to a company insider, including a base model, a luxurious Grand Tour and a track-focused Grand Sport version.
The GT will be fitted with a Cadillac-sourced 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, while the Grand Sport will allegedly pack a beastly 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 shared with the C8.R racer. Each model will feature a dual-clutch transmission. Hopefully, we’ll find out if these claims stack up at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.