Why the 2014 Chevy Corvette C7.R Matters: Sure, the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray just won the North American Car of the Year Award, and the new Z06 will be the most capable production Corvette to ever hit the marketplace, but the new car’s competition cred has yet to be established. And for that role, there’s the 2014 Chevy Corvette C7.R racecar, which recently joined the Z06 for a dual debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
It’s good timing, as the on-track rivalry between Team Corvette and both the SRT Viper and Porsche 911 is in for some major attention during the upcoming motorsports season. All three cars will be racing in the same class in the 2014 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) season, with the first race, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, scheduled to get the green flag on January 25. From there, the 2014 Chevy Corvette C7.R will go on to campaign 11 races in the USCC, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Paris in June.
But with Team Corvette having captured class victory at Le Mans seven times—and added 10 American Le Mans manufacturer championships and more than 90 series wins since 1999—there’s a lot riding on the 2014 Chevy Corvette C7.R.
Luckily, the racecar itself is riding on something notable, too: The same underpinnings as the brand-new 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06.
It may sound a bit confusing, so here’s Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports for GM: “When it comes to endurance racing, Corvette has been the benchmark of success for nearly 15 years. A great deal of the team’s success can be attributed to the symbiotic relationship between Corvette Racing and the production vehicles. The 2015 Corvette Z06 and new C7.R will be more competitive on the street and track due to successful design of the Corvette Stingray—which itself is heavily based on the C6.R race car.”