Chevrolet Corvette C7.R hopes to win on Sunday, sell on Monday

The new Corvette race car, the C7.R, is based on high performance Z06 model that was unveiled at this year’s Detroit Motor Show.

While the C7.R and Z06 share the same basic body shape and laser welded aluminium frame, the differ in many respects too. For instance, the C7.R uses the 5.5-litre V8 from the outgoing C6.R that produces around 350kW (470hp) for the rear wheels; this is because GT2 race specifications limit capacity to 5.5 litres and prohibit forced induction.

Also the C7.R features an aggressive carbon fibre aerodynamics package, including front and rear wings, as well as a racing cage, bucket seats, wider tyres and an uprated braking package.

The C7.R will make its race debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on 25 January. It will also compete at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]