Check out the new Corvette C8.R tearing up Road Atlanta.
Chevrolet decided to debut both the new 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible and the new C8.R race car at the same time last month. Chevrolet revealed new details about the C8.R last week, and now we finally get to see it in action. An onboard video posted by the International Motor Sports Association shows the C8.R lapping Road Atlanta as part of a parade lap for the Petit Le Mans endurance race, and it sounds glorious. Trust us, you're going to want to turn your volume up to hear this sweet sound.
What you're hearing is the sound of the C8.R's flat-plane crank 5.5-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine with dual overhead camshafts. To comply with IMSA regulations, the engine outputs 500 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. A new compact Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox was also developed for the C8.R to provide room at the rear for a specially developed diffuser. Chevrolet has already confirmed the flat-plane crank engine will be used in a future production model and will most likely debut in the new Z06.
Compared to the outgoing C7.R, the new C8.R has improved aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, and weight distribution, as well as a stiffer and lighter chassis structure. A centrally mounted radiator replaces the production Corvette's front storage compartment and ultra-bright racing headlights were fitted where the radiators are located on the production car. According to Chevrolet, the C8.R shares over 100 components with the road-going 2020 Corvette Stingray.
As a homage to iconic Corvette concepts such as the 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette and the 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer, the no. 4 C8.R race car features a new silver livery with yellow accents, while the No. 3 race car is finished in Chevrolet's signature racing yellow color scheme with silver accents. The new Chevrolet Corvette C8.R will make its racing debut at Daytona on January 25, 2020.