It’s the first time a factory-run Corvette is racing in the Asian region

The Corvette C7.R has been around for a few years now, and it’s about to take a trip to Shanghai where it will compete in the FIA WEC wearing a special redline livery. It’s also the first time a factory-run Corvette has participated in a race in the Asian region.

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It will take on the 16-turn, 5.45-km track on November 16-18.

The C7.R is based on the C7 Corvette and was built from a base model. It was initially debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2014 and was built in combination between Pratt & Miller, an engineering and fabrication company (also known as Corvette Racing,) and Chevy as a purpose-built car for endurance racing. It can run on C85, E85 or E10 racing fuel and delivers just 491 horsepower from a 5.5-liter V-8 – the same one found in the old C6.R. The engine was carried over with some added enhancements like direct fuel injection for better fuel economy, and it has a rear-mounted transmission, a six-speed semi-automatic transmission at that. All told, it weighs 2,447 pounds (less than a Honda Civic) or 2,745 pounds when filled with that delicious go juice and a human driver.

For now, there’s nothing more to go by on this special, China-prepped car, but it will take on the 16-turn, 5.45-km track on November 16-18. That track, known as Shanghai International Circuit, has been around since 2004 and is a big stop for major championship races. Chevy is going there to push the Corvette brand (and its Redline special editions as you can tell by the livery) in the Asian market while also putting itself up against “the top manufacturers and teams in the FIA WEC.

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Chevrolet announced today that Corvette Racing will close its 20th season of competition in grand style by competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2018 race in Shanghai. The C7.R race car, which will wear a special Redline livery for the competition, will be the first factory-run Corvette to race in Asia.

The 6 Hours of Shanghai will take place November 16-18 at the 16-turn, 5.45-km Shanghai International Circuit. Built in 2004, the venue plays host to a number of motorsports’ top championships, including the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix.

“Corvette is a global icon that we are excited to be bringing to race in China — the second-largest market for Chevrolet,” said Scott Lawson, general director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM.

The WEC is one of the world’s key sports car series and features racing at venues across the world with all races at least six hours in duration. The Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race is the WEC’s most famous stop and will take place twice in the 2018-2019 calendar. The race tests not only speed and driving skills, but also the stability and fuel economy of cars in extreme driving.

“Corvette Racing has proven itself as a world-class racing program,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet director of Motorsports Competition. “Competing in the Shanghai race provides us an additional opportunity to test ourselves against the top manufacturers and teams in the FIA WEC.”

Corvette Racing team highlights:

Winner of 107 races around the world.
12 manufacturer championships in International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) competition.
11 driver’s championships in IMSA competition.
11-time class champion of the Sebring 12-hour endurance race.
Eight victories in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.
Three-time class champion of the Daytona 24-hour endurance race.
Captured wins in Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans endurance races in 2015.

Racing has been part of Chevrolet’s DNA since the brand was established by race car driver Louis Chevrolet more than a century ago. This performance-inspired DNA continues to influence the entire Chevrolet lineup today.

Redline

The Corvette C7.R will wear a special Redline livery for the race in Shanghai to promote the launch of the special edition in China across Chevrolet’s portfolio.

Redline made its global debut in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show. Inspired by a strong positive response, it became the broadest cross-portfolio special edition ever offered by Chevrolet.

Last year, Chevrolet introduced its Redline special edition portfolio for China at Auto Guangzhou 2017 and announced that four Redline models will enter the domestic market in 2018. In the future, nearly all Chevrolet models in China will have Redline variants.

“Chevrolet is strengthening its brand in China by boosting our product lineup and our overall customer and ownership experience. We have begun rolling out our more youthful and sporty Redline edition to help us reach younger customers,” said Lawson.

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