Chevrolet final yr began promoting a 2023 Corvette Z06 primarily based on the eighth technology of America’s sports activities automobile—and now the Bowtie model has launched a GT3-spec model to be supplied as a buyer race automobile.
The brand new Corvette Z06 GT3.R race automobile made its debut over the weekend in the course of the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona and will likely be supplied as a turnkey answer for buyer groups. Will probably be prepared in time for the 2024 motorsport season, Chevy has confirmed, and will likely be eligible for a number of competitions (each dash and endurance) the place it’s going to compete in opposition to different race automobiles primarily based on, for instance, the Aston Martin Vantage and Porsche 911.
We will count on it to compete within the GTD Professional and GTD courses in future seasons of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, in addition to the comparable GTE Professional and GTE Am courses of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
It is not the primary time we have seen a Corvette-based GT3 buyer race automobile. Germany’s Callaway Competitors, the European distributor for U.S.-based Corvette tuner Callaway, has supplied GT3 buyer race automobiles spanning a number of generations of the Corvette. This time Chevy itself was chargeable for the automobile’s growth, in partnership with Pratt Miller Engineering.
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
In accordance with Chevy, the Z06 GT3.R and road-going Z06 share a chassis and aerodynamic options, and the LT6 5.5-liter V-8 is basically the identical unit for each automobiles, sharing round 70% of their components. The Z06 GT3.R has additionally benefited from classes discovered from the extra hardcore Corvette C8.R, the race automobile it replaces.
Key modifications over the highway automobile embody a metal roll cage, plus wheels, tires, springs, dampers, and brakes all designed for racing. The aerodynamic package deal has additionally been modified to optimize downforce in addition to cooling.
2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R race automobile
Chevy is at present registering indicators of curiosity for the Z06 GT3.R. Deliveries are confirmed to start out within the third quarter of 2023 and pricing will likely be introduced nearer to that date.
As for the C8.R, it’s going to full full seasons of each the SportsCar and World Endurance Championships earlier than bowing out on the finish of 2023. Chevy, by way of its Corvette Racing squad, is fielding a single C8.R in every competitors, and two automobiles within the all-important Le Mans spherical of the World Endurance Championship.