The C8 coupe launched in July of 2019, with the convertible and the race-spec C8.R presented in October of the same year. The C8.R would come to replace the C7.R, which had served Chevrolet well in between 2014 and 2019, winning two Constructors' Championships and two Drivers' Championships.
The C8.R first hit the track in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Daytona, finishing in 4th place overall after 785 laps and 2,794.6 miles - the greatest distance for any Corvette entry in Rolex 24 history!
The car was built by Pratt & Miller Engineering and Fabrication in New Hudson, Michigan, and its 2020 drivers include Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 car, and Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the no.4 car.
Out of a total of 12 races this year, which were held at Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Speedway, Road America, Virginia International Raceway, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Laguna Seca, the C8.R was 1st on the podium a total of 6 times.
"The first season for the Corvette C8.R has shattered all of our expectations" said Mark Reuss, GM President, as the company insists on the strong link between the road going car and the race car, seeing that they were both developed simultaneously, sharing more technology and parts than any previous-generation Corvette. Don't believe us? The official video below makes it pretty clear.