The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is getting closer and Ford is preparing a special Daytona Prototype racecar powered by a new 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost racing engine for the championship. Chevrolet is set to answer with its own new racer in the form of a a competition version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray .
The first images reveal that the new Corvette C7.R — the successor of the current C6.R — will feature a two-tone, yellow with black paintjob, and the typical smattering of sponsor logos. In prepping the Stingray for competition, Chevy added a front splitter, a ventilated hood, a prominent rear wing and carbon-fiber canards.
The model also features "Flex Fuel" badging, meaning of course that it could run on gasoline or ethanol. Under the hood, we expect to see an updated version of the current 5.5-liter, V-8 engine used in the C6.R.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C7.R will make its world debut in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 25th, 2014.
Updated 12/12/2013: Chevrolet officially confirmed today that the 2014 Corvette C7.R will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, followed by a competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 25-26, 2014. The only details offered on the car so far reveal that it will wear an updated "Jake" logo - the unofficial mascot of Corvette Racing.
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The new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and despite its controversial design, the new Stingray received many positive reviews. The reviews were particularly spectacular in regards to its technical features and driving dynamics.
The Stingray is powered by an all-new, direct-injection, 6.2-liter, small-block V-8 engine that produces up to 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. In its base setup — without the performance exhaust system — the engine pumps out 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet.
The Stingray sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, with the Z51 package installed, and hits a top speed of 180 to 190 mph.
Prices for the new Stingray start at $51,995 including destination charge.
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Chevrolet was the most successful name in professional motorsports in the United States this year, capturing 14 manufacturer, driver and team championships in NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, GRAND-AM and the Pirelli World Challenge series.
Chevrolet will kick off the 2014 season with the debut of the all-new Corvette C7.R at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Corvette race car, wearing an updated “Jake” mascot, will make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 25-26, 2014.
“We had an amazing year in 2013, winning more championships in professional motorsport than any other manufacturer,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors’ U.S. vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Our success was the direct result of considerable preparation, strategy, teamwork and great drive from our teams, drivers, and partners in open wheel, stock car, and sports car racing. We are looking forward to continuing that momentum for 2014.”
Three Championships in NASCAR
For an unprecedented 11th consecutive year, Chevrolet won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturers’ Championship – for a record 37th time overall. Jimmie Johnson’s ninth-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway earned him the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Championship. It was the sixth time in a record-setting eight-year span that Johnson, the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS fielded by Hendrick Motorsports, claimed the crown and the 29th Drivers’ Championship for Chevrolet. In addition, Austin Dillon secured the Drivers’ Championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
One Championship in IndyCar
After returning to the series in 2012, Chevrolet won the IndyCar Manufacturers Championship for the second year in a row. Chevrolet led the series with 10 victories out of 19 races, including the prestigious Indianapolis 500.
Two Championships in GRAND-AM
For the second consecutive year, Chevrolet secured the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype, or DP, Engine Manufacturers’ Championship. Drivers Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor shared the Drivers’ Championship.
Three Championships in World Challenge
Competing with the Camaro, Chevrolet secured the GTS Manufacturers’ Championship in World Challenge racing. Lawson Aschenbach won the GTS Drivers’ Championship, while Blackdog Racing secured the GTS Team Championship.
Five Championships in ALMS
In the American Le Mans Series, Chevrolet claimed its 10th Manufacturers’ Championship, while Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen secured the Drivers’ Championship. Chevrolet also clinched the ALMS GT Team championship for Corvette Racing – its 10th in the ALMS and most in the series’ history. Chevrolet won the ALMS’ Green Challenge GT Championship, which goes to the manufacturer that records the fastest races while being the most efficient in petroleum use and emissions. The No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R won the Michelin Green X Challenge – an award that goes to the leading GT and prototype teams using the same criteria.
Chevrolet Racing will kick off the 2014 season in January with the all-new Corvette C7.R.
The C7.R will make its public debut alongside the new 2015 Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The two cars were co-developed, representing the closest connection between the racing and road-going Corvettes in modern times.
The C7.R will make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Jan. 25, 2014. When the C7.R takes to the track, it will sport an all-new Jake logo, which has become the unofficial mascot of Corvette Racing.