Unlike previous spy shots of the production model, the racer has no heavy camouflage. Photo credit: BRIAN WILLIAMS/ SPIEDBILDE
A racing version of the next-generation midengine Chevrolet Corvette has broken cover, providing the best look yet at what the production version of the sports car will look like.
The race car, reportedly called the C8.R, was caught testing at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., after the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship there.
Unlike previous spy shots of the production model, the racer has no heavy camouflage. The race car is expected to share similar characteristics with its production counterpart.
Overall, the vehicle retains front-end characteristics of recent Corvettes, while adding a much more sculpted and sleek appearance thanks to the midengine layout, including the rear of the car. (The spoiler on the production model is expected to be smaller, though.)
While GM has not confirmed plans for a midengine Corvette, the long-rumored and highly anticipated car is expected to arrive in the next year or so as a 2020 model. It is expected to be produced alongside the C7 until 2022, when the current generation will complete its life cycle.
Based on audio of the C8.R obtained by Sportscar365, the racing media outlet believes the racer was powered by a twin-turbo V-8 power plant, which aligns with other media reports about the production model.
Autoweek, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has reported that the newest Corvette could be offered with a choice of three internal combustion engines and in a battery-electric or plug-in hybrid variant. A 6.2-liter V-8 engine that generates around 500 hp is expected to be the base engine, while a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 with about 650 hp may be the midlevel power plant.
The racer is expected to compete in the GT-class and replace the current C7.R.