C8 Corvette Z06 to go around the world with GT3.R

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There is something new Corvette in the city, in the form of 2023 Corvette Z06 unveiled last month. Hence, it was only natural that a racing version would soon follow. That racing variant has now arrived in the form of the Corvette Z06 GT3.R, which will make its track debut in 2022. A private version will be available for purchase in 2024.

Picking up where the racing version of the regular C8, the C8.R, left off, the Z06 GT3.R will be seen in many more places around the world. The car is built for FIA GT3 specification, which allows automakers to build a single race car that competes in both the IMSA and WEC endurance series.

Chevrolet states that the C8.R has laid the foundation for the powertrain and aerodynamic strategies that will continue on the Z06 GT3.R. Its aluminum frame and aerodynamic parts will be retained, as will its naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat-cranked V8. The exit remains hidden, with Chevy just saying that for IMSA, the output will be slightly reduced from its predecessor’s 500 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, per series rules. Basically, it’s a racing car rebrand, now that the street Z06 is out.

It can be noted, however, that the Production Z06 also has a flat-cranked 5.5-liter V8 that produces 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. AND not the only racing car to produce less horsepower than its production counterpart as road car exits reach ridiculous heights. Chevy says it makes the Z06 GT3.R “the closest link between the production Z06 and racing for Chevrolet’s high-performance vehicle.” Well, perhaps excluding the original 1963 Z06.

The fact that the Corvette will now have factory support in the World Endurance Championships means we will see Americans supercar on historic circuits such as Monza, Fuji, Spa-Francorchamps and, of course, Sarthe when he returns to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is the first time that Corvette Racing will face multiple endurance championships at the same time.

“This is the most ambitious program Corvette Racing has faced in its nearly 25 years of competition,” said Jim Campbell, Chevy’s VP of Performance and Motorsports of the United States. “It will be an honor to race in both the IMSA and WEC series on some of the best tracks in the world.”

Chevy will sell Corvette Z06 GT3.R race cars to customers in the 2024 racing season, but details are not yet known. Details on pricing and support packages will be available as we get closer to that date.

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