With Chevrolet’s move to a mid-engine layout for the eighth-generation Corvette, the brand’s IMSA program made the same shift for the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Corvette C8.R builds upon six successful years of racing for its predecessor C7.R, and debuted at the 2020 24 Hours of Daytona. Six months later, it returned to Daytona and won in just its second race out with drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, and the week after that, it scored its first 1-2 finish at Sebring International Raceway.
The latest entry in Chevrolet’s lengthy sports car racing history features a 5.5-liter powerplant that produces 500 horsepower at 7400 rpm. It’s the fourth Corvette built by Pratt & Miller since partnering with General Motors in 1999, a relationship that has brought eight victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and 11 in the 12 Hours of Sebring.