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EXCLUSIVE: Mid-Engined Corvette C8.R Breaks Cover

Sportscar365 obtains exclusive photos of all-new mid-engined Corvette C8.R testing…

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The first photos of Chevrolet’s all-new mid-engined GTE Corvette have been revealed, amid the early stages of the Pratt & Miller-built car’s testing and development program.

Sportscar365 has obtained exclusive images of the car, likely to be named the Corvette C8.R, which was spied testing Wednesday at Road America.

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Dressed in a camouflage livery, the new Corvette completed laps around the four-mile Wisconsin circuit, in what’s understood to be the first track test following an initial rollout at the GM proving grounds near Detroit earlier this year.

It comes just days after the team scored a double podium finish with its current-generation Corvette C7.Rs, in the ninth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Details on the all-new car have been extremely limited, largely due to the production car not yet having been officially announced.

Both the road and race cars are expected to be formally presented at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ahead of a possible end-of-2019 debut for the GTE model.

Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan previously stated that its current-gen Corvettes will again take part in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will prohibit newly-homologated cars due to being a round of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Stay tuned for more details on this developing story.

Photo: Sportscar365

Photo: Sportscar365

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John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Paul

    August 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Curious how a photographer can capture these and not have any photos from the front.

    • Tom Sawyer

      August 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Probably hired by GM

      • Mike

        August 8, 2018 at 11:50 am

        Photos appear to be taken from the road outside of the facility, that vantage point would only offer views as the car exits T14 and heads up the hill on the front straight.

        • SimFlyer

          August 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

          That and someone may have been kicking people off the shoulders on Cty Road J between 2 and 3 turns the whole time as well.

      • InternetGeniusAwardGoesTo-

        August 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        It’s called “think before you write”, you will not sound so stupid next time.

        • Carson

          August 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm


  2. Harry Manback

    August 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This will cause outrage. I don’t know if Fehan is prepared for the barrage of anger spewed at him from the jean-shorts-white-sneakers army…

    • KeepDrivingThatTaurus.

      August 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Jealousy never sleeps!

      • Harry Manback

        August 8, 2018 at 1:01 pm

        … opposed to the folks in the corrals who need their mid-day nap halfway through the race.

    • Slicks in the wet

      August 9, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Naw they’ll just think their “investment” base model C5 is gonna be worth even more.

  3. Lanky Turtle

    August 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Are we expecting a NA V8 in this thing? I’d like what it sounds like.

    • Lanky Turtle

      August 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

      …like to hear what it sounds like I meant.

    • Mark

      August 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Guaranteed it will be a turbo charged car. Only reason I suspect it’s being made into a race car, to compete with the other turbos (BOP wise).

      • KV

        August 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm

        THIS C8 .R IS A LOTUS ELISE 2.0,AS GM has taken Colin Chapmans best engineering,updated to2018 spec,including TONY RUDD LT 5/7 DOHC V8!

      • charles owens

        October 19, 2018 at 3:20 am

        it’s not turbo charge people it’s a new 32valve flat plane crank v8 non pushrod. similar to Ferrari but not revving to 9000rpms, probably more like 8500rpms. anyway there’s no point in going turbo. 1. turbo lag (I don’t care what anyone say turbo engine always lag) 2. 500hp n/a v8 allows engine braking and quick response time. 3 n/a is smoother. 4 your just adding weight and heating issues are not worth it at 500hp. same for the production car version.

    • Bob

      August 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      there are many videos on youtube of it on the road, the engine notes sound good.

    • BahamaTodd

      August 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Both normally aspirated and turbo versions will be available.

  4. Mike S.

    August 8, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I hope it’s a 6.2 liter V8 NA. But with how things are going it will probably be the 4.2 liter twin turbo. Turboed out in GT ranks enough of the turbo sounds!! Diversity please!!

    • Harry Manback

      August 8, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Diversity? You mean a 20 year old pushrod 5.5L?

      • Colby

        August 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

        The architecture is older than that actually, but the engine design is completely new. Literally everything except the block architecture has been upgraded and replaced. But most people have no idea how much engineering goes into a GM V8. It would amaze you. GM spends over a billion dollars developing their small block with each new generation. That’s more than some countries spend on their military in a year…

    • Nips

      August 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      it can’t. ACO regs max capacity for NA is 5.5L

  5. The crag man

    August 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Whatever the c8 winds up being, it will still be a GM defect ridden experiment.

    • Will

      August 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      I found the Ford GT (Sandbag) Fan!

    • A Judd G

      August 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      hilarious and, unfortunately, probably 100% correct too!

    • kv

      August 14, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      F.O.R.D.used to mean First Out on R.ACE Day !

  6. Bob

    August 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    God, what is it with these hideous high spoilers on cars ? I like spoilers but this is ridiculous.

    • Brandon

      August 8, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      The high spoilers are for function. Making it larger and higher increases the surface area and gets it into cleaner air that hasn’t been disturbed by the rest of the car and increases the downforce applied to the rear. Which helps keep the rear end planted in high speed/high lateral G corners. Which allows the cars to go faster. Not everything on a performance based car is about looks and style.

      • kv

        August 12, 2018 at 4:45 pm

        GM has applied for a patent for a movable rear spoiler !also ducts the intercooler/plenum must work well as the design is clean !

  7. Zone

    August 8, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    High spoiler are you high. Of course you need these high spoilers to keep it on the ground at high speed. This isn’t a street car for Pete sakes.

  8. Tyler Sanders

    August 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Many GTLM and GTE cars have modifications that make them radically different from the production versions they are based on. I wonder how much the road going version and GTE, GTLM car will look alike.

  9. Jose

    August 8, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks it could be a Cadillac?

    • el_gordo

      August 9, 2018 at 1:21 am

      nope, before they booted Johan deNyshen he said Cadillac is coming out with a few models that are just emotional and for fun

      • kv

        August 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm

        SPY shots with audio have revealed a v6 tt,but this audio exhaust is louder and very flat plane crank sounding !THIS COULD mean 5.5TT V8 is SON of North star or its mother is LT5 2.0.THE LT7is a BEAST !

    • kv

      August 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      THAT camo paint job does that to me too,it can make one epileptic !

    • kv

      September 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      THERE is THE shadow of Cadillac, as part of a future halo car !GM has CADILLAC in the hunt to challenge in quality luxury!

  10. fourloko

    August 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    ford wont be there so who cares

  11. Make LMP Great Again

    August 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Could this be the hypercar? I can’t tell the difference between the new hypercar class and GT cars.

    • JEZ

      August 8, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Since the hypercar regulations aren’t even finalized yet and don’t go into effect for a couple of more years, added to the fact that these shots are pretty standard GTLM/GTE Aero it is safe to say this isn’t a hypercar.

      • Grand Am Fan

        August 8, 2018 at 3:42 pm

        This car has the styling cues of a Corvette road car but the engine is in the middle like the Corvette Daytona Prototype. How is this not the hyper-car?

        • JEZ

          August 8, 2018 at 3:54 pm

          The next Corvette (or at least a version of it) will be mid engine. Lots of spy shots of the street car in camo all over the internet. This is the race version of it with wider fenders and the standard GT aero stuff. Too earlier for a Le Mans prototype hypercar and I’d be stunned if they didn’t require significantly more aero.

  12. I heart Government Motors

    August 8, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Whatever happened to GM’s DOHC V8 they keep talking about? Oh yeah, it blowed up! (misspelled purposely)

    • Well

      August 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      I agree with you just like Ferrari happened in Le Man two years ago and Mazda in IMSA recently. New engines are not reliable, so I think you should call they Garbage Motors

    • John Martin

      August 9, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      The LTA 4.2L DOHC V8 Hot-V can be found in the 2019 CT6-V-Sport and soon the 2020 Escalade.

  13. Drew

    August 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    From the proportions we’ve seen on the road car, the road version will most likely look like a hot wheels car with a $150k+ price tag. I hope GM knows well by now that they need to refine a super car and not make it with the proportions of a toy car.

    I’m also hoping this and the road version will have the new DOHC twin turbo.

  14. Dave

    August 8, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Hmmm this seems like a pretty advanced version, testing no doubt with the full race team’s participation since they were all at RA. I wonder if they will unveil it at Daytona in January, if only to promo the next season.

  15. John

    August 8, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Good to know that GM thinks GTE/GTLM have a future, and plans to have the stalwart program continue.

  16. JOHN

    August 8, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Can’t wait to see it in action.

  17. Roger Cohn

    August 8, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    The title Of the article is still a little misleading “C8 breaks cover”. Still looks covered to me. I was all excited when I saw the headline.

    • Montana Bob

      August 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      The car IS uncovered but is still in camouflage to confuse photographic images.

      Just imagine the rag cover flapping in the breeze at 150 MPH!

      Montana Bob

  18. William

    August 8, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Still will not beat the competition. It’s a failure in resale value in comparison to other 100k plus cars

    • JC

      August 8, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      A cheaper car when new is usually also cheaper when sold used. Who knew?

  19. speedy

    August 8, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    They will William. Corvette C8 will have it’s own DOHC V8’s. Sounds like it’s a NA DOHC V8 engine, I hear no turbo’s at all. Don’t know were there getting that from.

    • Jack

      August 8, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      It’s a turbo, just because you don’t hear the chirp doesn’t make it not a turbo engine.

  20. E.H.

    August 8, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Lack of a swan-neck wing is really surprising.

    • Slicks in the wet

      August 9, 2018 at 11:36 am

      They probably fell the rear end/light setup is a trademark and don’t want to infringe on that?? I dunno wtf GM thinks.

  21. Bob

    August 8, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Car looks slammed. Maybe 2 inches off the ground. I would think the car would need some sort of ride height adjustment from the cockpit. Or have an endless supply of side skirts.

  22. Bapak Bob

    August 9, 2018 at 3:00 am

    I wish GM wouldn’t call it a Corvette. The “C8.R” will have the same resemblance to a street C8, that a C7.R has to a street C7. You can’t buy a C7.R, and it only looks like real Corvette. The way a NHRA top fueler dragster with a vacuum formed shell looks like a production street car. At least the NHRA is honest and calls their creations “Funny Cars.” But there is nothing funny about the fact that GM spends hundreds of millions on their “Corvette” racing program; and the frankencar they produced can’t even beat a BMW seedan, or a Porsche that was designed in the early ’60s. So knowing they can’t win outright, GM only works for “podium finishes” to collect “points” to redeem for manufacturer’s championships, fun and prizes. Shite GM execs even told the lead Corvette to drop back to let the loser Corvette pass last weekend. That’s not racing, that’s management by committee. Don’t insult the name Corvette with these antics. Give a street Corvette to an average Joe and he will produce a WINNER at his local events. Unless GM cripples the street Corvette with inadequate cooling issues. So GM don’t denigrate the name “Corvette” by pasting it to your fantasy car racing program. GM’s farce is enough to make you want to buy the new Ford GT, and I hate Fords, except the 1964 – 67 Ford GT 40s. Ford’s got an honest halo car, GM just makes a poser.

    • John

      August 9, 2018 at 9:23 am

      First, the C7-R is built on the same aluminum chassis as the C7 street car, Second, all GTE and GTLM race cars are highly modified compared to their street versions even the Ford GT. The Corvette Race Team has over 100 Wins Worldwide over their 20 yrs and has beaten the best sports cars from around the world in the biggest races.

      • Chevy fan

        August 11, 2018 at 3:49 pm

        This is the game changer .Thank you gm .Im 40 and understand the need to stay in the game.# looks great !!!

    • Hahhahah

      August 9, 2018 at 11:35 am

      You’re insane. No one can buy a GTE car for the street. Lol. Wtf is your rant based on?

    • John Martin

      August 9, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Jeeze, where have you been the Cooling situation on the Z06 was solved in 2016 and installed on MY2017 Z06’s, and offered as a mod for 2014-2016 Z06’s, my dad inlaw already got his upgrades, and has no issues, even thought he takes his to Sping Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada.

    • John Martin

      August 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Correct me if I am “WRONG”, but Corvette came in 2 and 3 at Road America and your 1960 design Porche 911 RSR (which actualy is a mid engine specially made prototype, that the WEC and IMSA permitted, because your old ASS car from the 1960’s could NOT compete with the newer Corvettes, Ford GT’s, Ferrari 458/488) were 4&5 and your BMW M8 (that is a 2DR coupe and NOT A SEDAN) where 6&8.

    • Phil Canada

      August 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      your poser Corvette team won the championship again last year. duh.

  23. Davy

    August 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Why Chevy, why? Going mid engine with the Corvette is a BIG mistake!

    • VG

      August 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      The Corvette has been front mid-engined for decades now. You just think what determines a mid engine car is where the engine is relative to where the driver sits when it’s actually were the engine sits relative to the drive wheels.

      Besides, with all the rear mid-engine Corvette concepts GM has made for the almost 50 years, you’ve had ample time to get ready for C8.

  24. RMontalban6

    August 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I saw what appears to be the C8.R as well as Road America today (picture link below). The IMSA Corvette team drivers are all still here in Elkhart Lake, 98% of the people who see them walk by don’t know who they are or why they are here! Very nice and approachable drivers, thank you Tommy Milner, Oliver Garcia, et al.

    • RMontalban6

      August 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Sorry, meant to say Oliver Gavin! All of them are class acts.

  25. Bill Gross

    August 10, 2018 at 1:18 am

    I live 8n EL, Wi.1.5 MI from Road America Chevy had the place for the last wk. Was locked down tighter then a Drum.I usually can find a way to get in. Not this last wk.And U can’t just park on any road by the Track to take pictures. So any gotten were from Chevy.

    • RMontalban6

      August 12, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      It was definitely locked down, and I have visited RA enough to know where you can see something from the outside of the fence.

      My photo is from an iPhone 6 near the corner of Rocky Lane and J. I am no Chevy operative though I am close to becoming a Corvette customer. In all disclosure, the only reason I even thought to go try to get a picture was because I knew something was up after seeing the Chevy drivers 4 days after the race in town. Chevy, please make no changes to your confidentiality program, don’t require the drivers to sit in some rented house and not go enjoy their lives!!

  26. GTLM arms race has heated up

    August 10, 2018 at 6:09 am

    Better pictures from the front angle have made their way to the net.

    Unless Ford starts a customer GT program, fans are going to miss out on a battle royale between it and the C8.R, since the latter won’t be racing until 2020.

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