Corvette C7.R Revealed

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Chevrolet officially took the wraps off its new GT contender Monday at the North American International Auto Show, revealing the full livery of the Corvette C7.R.

The highly anticipated GT Le Mans class car will compete in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans with Corvette Racing.

PHOTOS: Corvette C7.R Unveil Gallery

The all-new car, co-developed with the 2015 Corvette Z06, represents the closest link in modern times between Corvettes built for the race track and the road.

Powered by a 5.5-liter direct injected V8, the C7.R features a new production-based aluminum frame that, for the first time, will be built in-house at Corvette’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant.

There are a number of other shared parts between the the road car and race car platforms, including in the aerodynamics.

Notable enhancements with the C7.R over its predecessor, include the use of direct injection as well as a stiffer chassis that’s 40 stronger than the outgoing GTE-spec C6.R

“In the first lap in the C7.R, the drivers felt the increase in chassis stiffness,” said Mark Kent, director of Racing for Chevrolet. “The drivers instantly noticed that the C7.R handling was better over changing surface features and rough track segments.

“This is important as our drivers don’t always stay on the smooth pavement, and are constantly driving over curbing at corner apexes.”

Corvette Racing’s four primary drivers: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia (No. 3) and Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (No. 4) all return for 2014 and will be joined by Ryan Briscoe and Robin Liddell for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Twelve Hours of Sebring.

At Le Mans, the lineups will be completed by Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook, who are on full-season TUDOR Championship duty in Corvette DPs.

 

25 Comments

  1. me

    January 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    ugliest corvette ever

    • Jason

      January 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

      That’s funny, I was just thinking how awesome it looked.

      • Bakkster

        January 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

        Me too. The old tearing and tribal designs looked dated and busy. This is clean and aggressive, in the style of the other factory teams (namely SRT and BMW).

        Especially the gray box on the side right behind the front wheel vents. Awesome!

        • Ben

          January 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

          Totally agree! The lines of the car are what makes the car, not a distracting livery.

    • Pete

      January 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Funny…you won’t be saying that when it wins.

    • Samios

      January 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

      The livery is ugly, the car looks good.

    • dave

      January 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

      agreed, its ugly. it looks more like a Ferrari with a Vette rear end

    • Doug

      January 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

      LOL…I was just thinking “Coolest Corvette ever!”

      to each their own…

  2. Mike Jordan

    January 13, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Gotta wait til 2015! What a load of crap! Show us the Damn car when we can by it! BTW: Where is the “never coming” Mid-Engined Corvette we,ve wated for so long? New vette looks a bit Ferrari so lets go mid-engine too! Come on GM, due something “really new” Surprise Us!!!!!!

    • RexCarswell

      January 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

      I suppose you’re still holding out for the rotary engine, too…

  3. Tim

    January 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Very basic livery but its cool. I hope there is more variation between the #3 and the #4 aside from the black and white banners. Reversed yellow and black would be sweet.

  4. Ian

    January 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Surprised by the lack of sponsors

    • Doug

      January 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

      You mean Mobil 1 and XM/Sirius is not enough for a factory effort (lets’ remember, GM is footing a big part of the bill)

      • Bakkster

        January 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

        Though Compuserve left, though personally I’m surprised they stuck around as long as they did.

        • Tom A.

          January 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

          You mean Compuware. I’ll be surprised if they don’t sign a replacement before the year’s out (maybe even before Le Mans).

    • Mitt

      January 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

      It’s a factory effort, not a privateer entry meaning less money needed from sponsors. Car looks great, less sponsors the better.

      • NaBUru38

        January 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        Still, there’s plenty of room in the hood and rear side for some big sponsors. The Mobil and Michelin stickers are tiny.

  5. rissas dad

    January 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

    guess im in the minority, I like it. Ive never really been a fan of the yellow but dont believe they will ever go away from that. Honestly last years cars were very “busy” with the tribal thing at the rear quarters.

  6. oxia

    January 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    a bit dispointed by the style…the livery is cool but the car losted all the C6R’s “racing agressiv side”….

  7. Scallootch

    January 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    The last ‘Vette looked better. The aerodynamicists should never have let the stylists get their hands on it.

    Still holding out for a V6…

    • rissas dad

      January 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

      “holding out for a V6″

      good luck waiting on that

      • Scallootch

        January 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

        One with four cams, no less!

  8. Duff

    January 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Is it just me, or does the back look like a Porsche Panamera? Maybe it’s just the angle of the picture.

    It is a bit ‘chiseled’ at the front which would put some people off, but I like it.

  9. Jason

    January 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Looks like a mix of the C6 Corvette and the Camaro.

  10. william

    January 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Very nice !!! look forward to seeing it run in Sebring

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