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The Corvette C7.R is Racing to Detroit

And it's going to be one wicked fast GT racer.

Set to be the official replacement for the C6.R, the Corvette C7.R will be making its official debut alongside the new Corvette Z07 at Detroit next month. Based on the Z07, the C7.R will take part in the Le Mans as well as the newly formed United SportsCar Championship series. Compared to the outgoing C6.R, the C7.R’s structure will supposedly be at least 40 percent stiffer and is on track to be the most formidable factory-built Corvette race car ever. Of course it'll also be the most powerful.

Thanks to some heavy doses of high-tech and smart engineering, the C7.R’s V8 will feature direct injection that will help return a three percent fuel savings. Why is that so important? It will effectively "eliminate an entire pit stop during a 24-hour endurance race." More details to come as we get closer to Detroit, but expect for the C7.R to have its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25, 2014.

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