Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

As expected, Chevrolet Racing will be back in action for the 2014 season.

With an all-new C7 Corvette Stingray released last year, it comes as no surprise that a Corvette C7.R follows shortly behind it. Destined for the newly formed TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as well as Le Mans, the C7.R will be based on the Z06; also debuting in Detroit. Unlike most racecars in the TUDOR series, the C7.R shares a common structure with the production based Z06. The new racecar’s structure is reportedly 40% stiffer than that of the C6.R.

Chevrolet wants the C7.R to be the most potent Corvette racer to date; a hard feat to accomplish considering the success of the C5-R and C6.R. Part of the strategy includes using direct injection on the C7.R’s V8 that will net a 3% fuel savings; enough to eliminate an entire pit stop during a 24 hour endurance race.

The C7.R will make its public debut in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show January 13th, 2014. The car will then make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, in Daytona Beach, Fla., on January 25, 2014. Of course, the new C7.R continues to use an updated version of the Jake logo; the unofficial mascot of the Corvette Racing team.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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