Chevrolet has announced the C7.R race car at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The race car was co-developed with the all new 2015 Corvette Z06 and therefore share the same technologies and components including chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamic strategies.
“When it comes to endurance racing, Corvette has been the benchmark of success for nearly 15 years,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “A great deal of the team’s success can be attributed to the symbiotic relationship between Corvette Racing and the production vehicles. The 2015 Corvette Z06 and new C7.R will be more competitive on the street and track due to successful design of the Corvette Stingray – which itself is heavily based on the C6.R race car.”
Part of the Corvette Racing team, there will be two C7.R race cars in 2014 making their racing debut at the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25 and 26. The race kicks off the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – a merger of the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. This new series debuts this year.
The Corvette Racing team could also compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans which happens in June and it would be surprising if they win the race, as they have done it seven times in the past.
Talking about the aerodynamics of the car, many of the architectural features are based on the components that we see on the 2015 Corvette Z06. The C7.R features an aluminum frame built using GM-patented aluminum spot-welding process making the new race car 40 percent stronger than the current C6.R.
For 2014 Chevrolet has added direct fuel injection technology to its Corvette race car, a technology that remained absent since 2009. Direct fuel injection technology ensures greater efficiency which is helpful in long-distance endurance racing.
Aerodynamic components on the C7.R include the forward-tilted radiator, functional hood and front-quarter panel vents, rear transmission, differential cooling intakes, front splitters, rocker panels, and front- and rear-brake cooling ducts.