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2020 Corvette C8.R Race Car Ready to Race

Will compete next season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Chevrolet delivered a surprise during the official unveiling of its new 2020 C8 Corvette convertible: It rolled out the new Corvette C8.R race car that will compete full time beginning next season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

It's been more than a year since we first caught the C8.R testing at Road America, and the mid-engine race car's public unveiling has been anticipated strongly as of late; Chevrolet plans to put it on the track for a demonstration run on Saturday, October 12, at Road Atlanta prior to the running of IMSA's season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans.

We'll have more details on the latest GTLM-class endurance racer then, but this unexpected first look at Chevrolet's first such mid-engine contender reveals the expected Le Mans GT racer bits, including aggressively flared bodywork, a large rear wing, additional front-end aerodynamic elements, and a ground-sucking rear diffuser.

Chevrolet elected to roll out its No. 4 C8.R during the C8 convertible reveal in Florida, with the car featuring a mostly silver livery Chevy says pays tribute to famous Corvette concept cars such as the 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette and the 1959 Corvette Stingray racer. Its sister car, the No. 3, will compete in a more traditional, predominantly yellow Corvette Racing scheme with silver accents.

As always with the Corvette GT car, Chevy promises technology transfer between the road and race cars, though we'll have to wait until we're at Road Atlanta next week to get down and dirty with the company's engineers and the Corvette Racing team regarding the competition machine's specifics.

The C8.R will mark a tremendous shift in Corvette Racing history when it makes its race debut, in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Front-engine Corvette racers have been an IMSA stalwart since the modern team's inception in 1999, and have so far scored 107 wins, more than any other sports car team in North America, along with 13 team championships, and 12 drivers' and manufacturers' titles. In 2015, Corvette Racing became the first team in 15 years to claim endurance racing's single-season "triple crown," with wins in the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The big question for the C8.R: How many races will it take to add to Corvette Racing's tally of victories?