The all-new, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 just dropped at the 2014 North America International Auto Show January 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan, and alongside it was the much anticipated 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R race car. This state of the art Chevy is much more than a Corvette; it’s a purpose-built, track-ready supercar. With the recent news of this specialty vehicle hitting the world, we share with you a closer look with Automobile Magazine’s sneak peak video of the C7.R.
The Corvette C7.R is the predecessor to the C6.R which won 55 races worldwide last season and brought home both the team championship in the American Le Mans series GT class and Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R will see a carry over with the same 5.5L small-block engine from last generation, the C6.R, but an added direct injection system will give the Vette more horsepower, more fuel-efficiency, and a precise throttle control. What this means to Chevy fans? Less time at pit stops and more track time per gallon of fuel.
The all-new C7.R was developed alongside the Z06, but don’t be fooled, it’s a dedicated race car. The C7.R, which will race in the all-new Tudor United SportsCar Championship series in the GTLM class, comes equipped with an aluminum frame that’s 40% stiffer than the C6. A vast improvement over the previous generation Corvette, the C7.R will have a lower front intake stuffed with a tilted radiator to help with cooling the engine. Up top, the hood extractor will remove hot air more efficiently than ever seen on a Vette. Continuing with the stock Corvette’s down force-focused exterior design, the all-new C7.R race car will come with a larger front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler to greatly improve down force on the track.
We strongly suggest joining us as we watch Chevy debut its C7.R for the 2014 racing season, starting at the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25 and 26. You can get more info about the upcoming races, the season standings, and where to watch the races HERE