The race car will make its racing debut at the 2020 Rolex 24.
The automotive world anticipated a new Corvette Convertible would make its debut in early October, but few expected the 2020 Corvette C8.R race car to be unveiled alongside it.
The C8 Corvette is the first Corvette to have a mid-engine layout and a duel-clutch transmission, while the new Corvette Stingray Convertible is the first Corvette to have a power-folding retractable roof. In yet another first for the iconic nameplate, the Corvette C8.R is Chevy’s first mid-engine GTLM race car.
“The C8.R is much more than just a race-tuned version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray. It’s a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track.”
Unfortunately, aside from what we see, Chevy didn’t reveal much details about the race car. A massive diffuser dominates the rear, and there’s plenty of new aero features all around.
As for what breathes in the engine bay, there is a good chance its a version of the 6.2-liter V8 found in its predecessor, or possibly some variation of Cadillac’s Blackwing twin-turbo DOHC V8.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R makes its racing debut at the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Chevy E-10 Is An Electric 1962 C-10 Pickup With 450HP
The classic hot rod is outfitted with two Chevy Bolt batteries.
General Motors used the 2019 SEMA Show to unveil the Chevrolet E-10 Concept, a 1962 C-10 pickup truck that has been transformed into an all-electric hot rod.
The pickup gets its power from a “double stack” of Chevrolet Performance concept electric crate motors, known as eCrate, in addition to dual, 120-kWh Bolt batteries mounted in the bed.
The electric drivetrain produces approximately 450 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels via a conventional SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission, allowing the E-10 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 k/h) in around five seconds and complete the quarter-mile run in the high-13-second range.
Seeing as electric motors don’t make noise, engineers implemented a sound system that emulates several different V8 engines. The fake noise can be switched off, should the driver find it too gimmicky.
The company hasn’t announced plans to offer eCrate engines or modular batteries, but the E-10 press release suggests it could be a possibility in the future.
After all, many other companies already offer electric motors and other retrofit gear to convert classic or modern internal-combustion cars into electric vehicles.
In related news, GM is working on an electric pickup truck to rival Tesla, Rivian and Ford upcoming electric trucks.
Electric Hummer Truck, SUV Could Arrive By 2021
The return of Hummer seems more likely my the day.
General Motors’ plans to build a family of premium electric pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles could see the revival of the Hummer brand.
A new report from supports earlier rumors claiming that the American automaker is considering building an electric Hummer.
The so-called BT1 electric truck / SUV project will give GM an answer to Rivian’s electric truck and SUV, as well as Tesla’s lineup of utility vehicles. It will be part of a $3 billion investment to upgrade the company’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant to produce electric trucks and vans.
The electric pickup truck will arrive first at the end of 2021 and will be followed by a performance version in 2022. The electric SUV, on the other hand, is scheduled for 2023.
The Hummer name is being considered for the project, but nothing has been finalized.
2020 Chevy Corvette C8 First Drives Are Positive, It’s A Serious Supercar
It’s a serious supercar despite its bargain basement price.
The new C8 Chevrolet Corvette is the real deal, at least if the first drive impressions are anything to go by.
According to an aggregate of automotive outlets that had the chance behind the wheel, the first-ever mind-engine Corvette drives and feels like, well, a mid-engine supercar. You feel like your sitting at the center of the car.
The steering is also lighter than the C7 Corvette, and there is more connection between driver and front wheels.
The C8 Corvette is much more sophisticated and refined than any Corvette before it, striking an uncanny balance of comfort and sportiness between its various driving modes.
The interior, which received some criticism for its rather peculiar layout, is very well thought out. According to one outlet, the square steering wheels lets the driver see the entire gauge set without trouble, while the controversial long line of buttons that divides the driver and passenger is very ergonomic.
The same could be said about the infotainment touchscreen, which is ideally placed for utilization and can be controlled by a very stylish mode control mouse.
It feels like plane’s cockpit inside, and the leather quality, panel gaps and general ambiance, while not on par with the Ferrari and Porsche of this world, greatly exceed anything ever seen in a Corvette.
The 495 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque produced by the 6.2-litre small-block V8 is enough to get the C8 up and going, but some reviewers didn’t find the exhaust note exciting enough for a car of such performance.
Overall, the C8 Corvette Stingray appears to be every bit the performance bargain we cracked it out to be, if not more so considering the leap in driving and handling sophistication, incredibly improved interior, and chassis refinement.
Did you think it would disappoint?