Chevrolet has been a staple in sports car racing over the past couple decades. Their signature yellow liveried Corvettes have been seen taking victories and dicing it out with other big league racers throughout the years. Moreover, fans will always remember the Corvette CX.R models for what they were: a front-engined, rear-wheel drive coupe beefed up with loads of aero and sticky tires.

That last sentence was said in the past tense, because with their transition to a midship layout for the production C8 Corvette, Chevrolet now follows suit with a surprise unveiling of the all-new C8.R racer.

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Unveiled next to the new convertible version of the C8 at the Kennedy Space Center, the C8.R is, much like the production model, Chevy’s first foray into a mid-ship layout for the GTLM class racing. From what we can tell on the outside, the C8.R has been fitted with a more aggressive front fascia that allows the Corvette to direct loads of air into its various coolers and brake ducts – all while generating proper downforce.

Its side intakes towards the motor have also been widened from the looks of it, again another measure to maximize cooling for the motor itself. The rear section finishes off the standard racecar equipment with a large GT Wing as well as a diffuser at the bottom. We assume the C8.R will be running a flat-bottom panel setup for maximum downforce as well.

The Corvette C8.R flips the script on Chevy’s racing regimen image

"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. The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. 

The Corvette C8.R flips the script on Chevy’s racing regimen image

The C8.R No. 4 car dons a new silver livery, inspired by the color of iconic Corvette concepts such as the 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette and the 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer. This car also features yellow accents for proper contrast. Running along side it will be C8.R No. 3 which will don the signature Corvette Racing yellow livery.

Both Corvette C8.Rs will make their debut at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2020.