Chevrolet surprised everyone today when they officially unveiled the Corvette C8.R Stingray race car during the unveiling of the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray convertible. The heavily rumored C8.R was no secret, but it was not expected to be announced this far before the beginning of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Showing off its new silver and yellow paint scheme, the C8.R stole the show at Kennedy Space Center. Chevrolet was quiet on many details, although more information will be available at next week’s IMSA Petit LeMans race.
While the power plant has not been revealed, Corvette factory driver Tommy Milner drove the vehicle on stage and cleared its throat. The previously reported rumors of a flat plane crank V8 in development seem to be confirmed, if this video is any indication.
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The C8.R plans to take the fight to the GTLM category which currently has 2 other competitors, the BMW M8 GTE and Porsche’s 911 RSR. Ganassi Racing’s Ford GT entry is up in the air as Ford has pulled factory funding, and Ferrari has not committed to field an entry in the class. The 2020 IMSA season kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona January 23rd-26th.