Racing-Bound Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Revs Up for Track Testing


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    Testing on the racing-bound Chevrolet Corvette C7.R may begin as early as July. | June 25, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Testing on the racing-bound Chevrolet Corvette C7.R may begin as early as July, according to one Web site, although General Motors will only confirm that testing will start sometime this year.
  • The racing version of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is set to make its racing debut in February 2014.
  • GM has not released official images of the Corvette C7.R, but camouflaged teasers are expected later this year.

DETROIT — Testing on the racing-bound Chevrolet Corvette C7.R may begin as early as July, according to one Web site, although General Motors will only confirm that testing will start sometime this year.

The racing version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray is set to make its racing debut in February 2014.

GM has not released official images of the Corvette C7.R, but camouflaged teasers are expected later this year. Official photos will be released closer to the car's track debut.

GMAuthority.com said Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan said in an interview that his team will begin testing the racing-bound Corvette C7.R in July.

"We certainly will start testing the C7.R sometime this year before it will make its racing debut in February 2014," said Monte Doran, a Chevrolet spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Tuesday.

Doran would not give specifics about what the body of the C7.R will look like, but confirmed at least one tidbit.

"Traditionally, all of these cars have been yellow," he said. "We'll stick to the same color."

Doran hinted that the look of the C7.R will please fans of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

"Stingray is more heavily influenced by Corvette Racing than previous generations," he said, noting that the "whole aerodynamic strategy of the Stingray" is racing-inspired.

He pointed to the production car's details, including the "orientation of the radiator, functional hood vents and rear intake for the differential cooler and transmission cooler" as evidence of its racing roots.

Doran also said it is likely that the C7.R will continue to be powered by the modified 491-horsepower 5.5-liter LS7 V8 "due to the rules of the series."

Next year, the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Road Racing are merging and the unified series will begin competition. The new combined series will feature most of the classes and cars from the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series. Corvette Racing currently races two wide-body C6 Corvettes in the American Le Mans Series.

Edmunds says: The Corvette C7.R is about to take a giant step closer to reality as track testing is set to get underway shortly.

Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I think the real story here is that the C7.R will apparently miss the 24 Hours of Daytona, unless that event gets bumped back slightly to February. It will be interesting to see how Chevy and the Corvette nameplate in particular position themselves in the USCR. If they stay as they are now, things could get pretty confusing with "Corvette" DP tube-framers in the Prototype class, Chevy-powered Orecas in the PC class, C7.Rs in the GTE class, and the Marsh Corvette in the GTC class, maybe even the Stevenson Camaro still. Maybe it is time to just call the "Corvette" DPs Chevy-Cayote/Riley/Dallara just like the other DPs. Honestly, I think Corvettes need to have a factory presence full-time in the WEC. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

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