Is this the Stingray R Graphics Pack?
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is one of the most talked-about GM products ever. It's gorgeous, fast, and finally the realization of a decades-long mid-engined dream. However, while we wait for a Z06 model to arrive for the new generation, the C8.R has been tearing up the track. In preparation for another weekend of racing in the Road America IMSA championship, Corvette Racing on Twitter showed three racing liveries, one of which should pique the interest of C8 fans. On the front splitter of the white car, we see a decal that reads Stingray R. So is this the as-yet-unreleased graphics pack we've been waiting for?
The white car looks stock besides its aesthetic upgrades, which include a window banner, red mirror caps, and a black stripe with the shadow of the Corvette badge leading to a gloss black roof where a shadowy Chevy bowtie resides. The image also shows an outline of the Road America track on its doors, although we suspect this won't make it to customer cars if this is indeed the graphics package we think it is. So why are we seeing the package early? And, if this is is the package, why has the tweet not yet been deleted? To answer the latter question, perhaps deleting the post would confirm the error.
To answer the former question, we could be seeing this graphics pack early because Chevrolet is well behind on many of the timelines set for the C8, including the delivery of 2020 models. To make things worse, the popular carbon aero kit offered as an option has been removed from the list of choices and those who already paid for it may miss out thanks to a supplier issue. Combined with the pandemic slowing all sectors of industry, it seems that the package was expected to be available by now and these photos have been released anyway since there's not much that can be done about the situation. Here's hoping things get back on track soon.