Fans of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette received a great surprise this weekend during the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races – between races, Chevrolet pulled out a camouflaged Corvette C7.R racecar for two quick hot laps of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the first public appearance of the next-generation Corvette racer.
The Corvette C7.R is loosely based on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray; however, it with bodywork stretched over giant tires and intakes, it appears as if the new Stingray picked up a light case of elephantitis. The racing Corvette also gains a giant rear wing and an aggressive rear diffuser. Our colleagues at Motor Trend expect that the same 5.5-liter pushrod V-8 from the previous Corvette C6.R racer will carry over to the C7.R. MT staffers present for the inaugural run noted that the Corvette C7.R sounded “as mean as the C6.R” while it was lapping Laguna Seca.
It’s assumed that the Corvette C7.R will take over for the C6.R in both the American LeMans Series and in international racing series. Chevrolet has yet to release any official information on the new racecar, other than that the finished Corvette C7.R, sans camo, will make its official debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.
Source: Motor Trend