Here are the first official images of the 2020 Corvette Stingray C8.R racer.
First, apologies for the lack of quality in these photos. They were taken at the C8 reveal event in Tustin, California during the livestream. At the very end of the video, Chevy teased the new racing variant of the C8 as well as the convertible version, but it’s the C8.R that we’re here to talk about today.
Sadly, we’re back to wearing camouflage when it comes to the C8.R, but we can still make out some prominent racing features such as the large rear wing, a big front splitter, and a rear diffuser. The front hood is also redesigned for additional cooling, while a tiny roof scoop can be seen in the video.
Not a whole lot is known about the C8.R, including what powers it. The new LT2 V8 produces 495 horsepower with the performance exhaust installed, which would make it appropriate for the LM GTE Class if not for its 6.2-L displacement. It seems most likely to be powered by the same 5.5-L LT5 V8 as found in the previous C7.R, which in that application made 491 horsepower.
Rumors have been swirling about a possible 4.2-L twin-turbo engine taken from Cadillac, however, this was said to power future versions of the road-going Stingray and not for the racing version. A 4.2-L, it also exceeds the displacement maximum for LT GTE racing.
Since reliability is key in endurance racing, we’d expect the LT5 to make a second appearance for the C8.R, but if rumors of the 4.2-L twin-turbo turn out to be true, we can see a slightly smaller version of that engine eventually making its way to the C8.
Expect the C8 racer to debut sometime in the near future, with a likely racing debut at the 2020 24 Hours Of Daytona (the traditional debut of new racing Corvettes). With 16 wins under the C7’s belt, the C8 will have quite a legacy to live up to.