All you race track enthusiasts rejoice! Chevrolet has today unveiled during the 2014 North American International Show in Detroit, the new Corvette C7.R, which they say was developed alongside the 2015 Z06.
The new model continues the legacy of Corvette Racing, which includes 90 global victories and 10 manufacturer championships since 1999, was co-developed with the 2015 Corvette Z06, sharing chassis, engine technologies and aerodynamics strategy; and will be making its competition debut Jan. 25 at the 52nd Rolex 24 Daytona.
The new C7.R is powered by an evolution of the V8 5.5-liter naturally aspirated engine in the C6.R, so its output is likely to go well beyond the 485 bhp (362 kW) available in its predecessor. This makes the C7.R a lot less powerful than the Z06, which offers at least 625 bhp (466 kW) from a new supercharged LT4 V8 6.2-liter engine.
“When it comes to endurance racing, Corvette has been the benchmark of success for nearly 15 years,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “A great deal of the team’s success can be attributed to the symbiotic relationship between Corvette Racing and the production vehicles. The 2015 Corvette Z06 and new C7.R will be more competitive on the street and track due to successful design of the Corvette Stingray – which itself is heavily based on the C6.R race car.”
Corvette Racing will field two C7.R racecars in 2014, starting later this month at the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26. The race kicks off the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – a new series debuting this year after the merger of the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. The C7.R will compete in the GT Le Mans class in 11 races around North America.