Whoa – Chevy is Working on a Wild Mid Engine Corvette Race Car

We already know Chevrolet is working on a mid-engine Corvette, but now we can confirm the automaker is taking the highly anticipated supercar racing as well. 

Racing website Sportscar365 photographed a test mule for a mid-engine C8 Corvette racecar testing at Road America today. The mule was heavily camouflaged, but had some interesting aerodynamic bits including a large rear wing and lower rear diffuser. There’s also a vented engine cover and extremely wide front and rear fenders.

The production-spec mid-engine Corvette may come with a dual overhead cam, twin-turbocharged Small Block V8 called the LT7, if the CAD drawings leaked late last year are to be believed. We’re expecting the racecar to have a closely related version of the V8 tuned for racing applications, along with a sequential racing transmission.

 

Seeing as Corvette Racing has only ever competed in the GTE class and not the lesser GT3 class in the IMSA series, this is likely a GTE-spec vehicle. Sportscar365 alleges the race car will turn up alongside the production car at the forthcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January. It probably won’t hit the racetrack until 2020, however, as it can take quite a while to fully develop a new race car.

You can check out the full gallery of this mean-looking, mid-engine racecar over at Sportscar365.

[Source: Sportscar365]

a version of this article first appeared on AutoGuide

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