C8.R Reveal All But Confirms a Ferrari-Sounding Corvette is Coming Soon
On Thursday, October 3rd, General Motors was set to unveil its convertible version of the mid-engine C8 Corvette. This event wasn't supposed to be that important. Leaks were circling the internet about GM's convertible Corvette so everyone pretty much knew what was going to happen; or so we thought.
Alongside the Convertible Corvette, to everyone's surprise, GM elected also reveal the C8.R race car. Their #4 race car was decorated with a silver and yellow livery to commemorate famous Corvette Concept cars like the Stingray Racer and the Aerovette. There will also be a #3 car sporting the classic yellow CX.R livery when the cars debut for next year's IMSA Weathertech series.
My favorite view of the C8.R is from the rear. The sexy taillights, the massive spoiler, and that aggressive rear diffuser make this car look absolutely menacing.
Apparently it has an exhaust note to match. One of the GM employees, to everyones delight (except the poor man in the pink), started up the C8.R and gave us a couple of ferocious revs. From the exhaust came a sound never heard from an officially released GM product until now. Not only is its noise an ear piercing scream, but it also revs extremely quickly. Both are characteristic of flat-plane engines.
Read my previous Corvette powertrain speculation here:
This leads us to almost complete certainty that Chevolet will be building a flat-plane-crank Corvette in the near future. IMSA GTLM class rules require Chevrolet to produce at least 300 homologated production models with a nearly identical engine layout. While it's entirely possible that Corvette could use the same engine in both the C8.R and the C8 Z06/ZR1 and replace the crankshaft for the production model, its not easy to change the firing order of an engine.
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