Corvette C8.R: mid-engined 'vette goes racing

Published: 04 October 2019

► New mid-engined racer
► Will debut in Jan 2020
► Aston Martin remains front-engined

We’ve found a car with even fussier lines than the Corvette C8: meet the Corevtte C8.R the racing version of Chevrolet’s all-new mid-engined supercar. Unveiled alongside a new, open-topped version of the C8, the C8.R made its debut at the Kennedy Space Center earlier this week. 

‘The C8.R is much more than just a race-tuned version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray. It’s a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team,’ said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance and motorsports. 

‘The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track.’

The new C8.R will make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 in Daytona early next year, and it’ll also have to contend with the equally sophisticated Porsche 911 RSR. It’s just a shame it won’t race against the Ford GT. 

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast