November 30th, 2020 by

For over half a century now, Chevrolet has used racing as a way to torture-test ideas, parts and materials in the harshest of real-world conditions, with factors like heat, vibration, RPMs and materials stress pushed to the absolute limit. More than just helping Chevrolet fill their trophy cases, Chevrolet Racing leads to important new insights that quickly find their way into the next generation of Chevy production cars. Winning a lot probably doesn’t hurt either.

The latest win for the Big Bowtie’s official race teams: Chevrolet’s groundbreaking, mid-engine Corvette C8.R race team recently claimed their 13th GT Le Mans Manufacturer’s title since 2001, with a start at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race in Florida, which is part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship The win comes two weeks after the Number 3 Corvette Race Team, which fielded two cars in the 2020 WeatherTech Championship, win the GTLM Drivers and Team Championships at the legendary Laguna Seca Raceway in Salinas, California, with drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor behind the wheel

“The first season for the Corvette C8.R has shattered all of our expectations,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “The success of the Corvette Racing team wouldn’t be possible without the close link between the crew and the Corvette engineering team. It has been great to watch these two teams work closely together to learn from each other. I can’t wait to see what next season brings.”

A variant of the revolutionary, mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray, the Corvette C8.R is an ultra-high-performance variant which is serving as an important test bed for parts, technology and aerodynamics that will eventually be employed in sought-after high-performance models of the C8, including forthcoming next-generation ZR1 Corvette C8.

This year, the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race team swept the three full-season GTLM titles for the third time in five years. This season marks only the second time that an introductory-year Corvette has won an IMSA championship, following a first-year-of-production win of the American Le Mans Series Championship in 2005 by the Corvette C6.R This is only the second time that a first-year Corvette race car has won an IMSA championship. In 2005, Corvette C6.R won the American Le Mans Series championship during its first season.

From the soon-to-be-legendary Corvette C8 to the 2021 Chevy Silverado, to the affordable 2021 Chevy Spark, Chevrolet racing is helping Chevy engineers and designers make the next generation of Chevy cars, trucks and SUVs tougher and more reliable than ever before. It’s another reason why we’re proud to sell quality Chevrolet vehicles here at Landers Chevrolet Cadillac of Joplin! Stop in today for test drive, or check out our full selection of 2021 Chevy vehicles. Want to reserve a 2021 Corvette in Joplin? We can do that too! Just give us a call and let’s get the paperwork started!

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