The New Corvette C8.R took home first place at the IMSA WeatherTech at Daytona over the Independence Day weekend, with drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor winning by 1.977 seconds in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were slightly behind in fifth place with the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R, but succeeded as class pole-winners.
A momentous achievement
The IMSA WeatherTech at Daytona was only the third racing appearance of the C8.R Corvette, but its victory means even more to long-time Corvette fans. It marks not just the 1st Corvette C8.R win but also the Corvette’s 100th IMSA win overall, and its first win since 2017 at Virginia International Raceway.
Corvette’s drivers had nothing but admiration for the Corvette team and the C8.R. Jordan Taylor said it was “a perfect day for the Corvette C8.R,” and their “fuel mileage, engine and drivability” had drastically improved since the C8.R’s debut. Antonio Garcia agreed with Taylor, saying the team “learned a lot from the Rolex 24” and “now it’s time to win with the C8.R.”
Oliver Gavin admitted some difficulties in racing strategy, but noted, “the Corvette had good pace,” allowing him to lead and come on pole. Tommy Milner was more effusive, saying, “I’m very proud of how fast these Corvette C8.Rs were.” Milner was confident that the crew and car were at the top of their game and “ready to win races.”
The Corvette C8.R’s win at Daytona was followed by another at Sebring, and no doubt there will be many more victories to follow. If you don’t have a racing license, though, you can still tap into the power of the car by getting behind the wheel of a Corvette Stingray at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!
When the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was announced, with its jaw-dropping mid-engine redesign and seriously impressive performance specs, performance car enthusiasts everywhere were extremely excited, and for good reason. But one of the most exciting things about the all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray is the starting price of just $59,995.
The 2020 mid-engine Corvette Stingray is equipped with a
potent all-new 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 495 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of
torque and which achieves a top track speed of 194 mph, making it the most
powerful production Stingray to ever hit the streets. With such impressive performance
numbers, many might expect the 2020 Stingray to cost and arm and a leg.
However, with a starting price of just $59,995, the 2020 Corvette Stingray
isn’t just impressive, it’s affordable, too.
This affordability is central to the entire Chevrolet ethos.
Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, acknowledges that many expected
the transition to the new mid-engine layout to come with a big price spike, but
he stressed the importance of keeping the Corvette attainable for regular
The low price tag, coupled with ultra-high-end performance features, makes the 2020 Corvette Stingray an unrivaled value in the performance car world, and is sure to be a gateway into an exciting world for many drivers. Make sure to stay tuned to Stingray Chevrolet Bartow for all of the latest news regarding the upcoming mid-engine Corvette!
The mid-engine layout lets you peer through a glass panel to
look at the engine even while it’s running, but aside from the cool aesthetic
factor, it’s also a practical choice.
Having the engine in the middle means the weight
distribution is better, there’s more cargo space in the front and rear, and the
driver is positioned further frontward for a more racecar-like feel. The
angular design also serves a dual purpose: the stylish cutouts improve
You’ll feel like you’re flying down the track whenever you
get behind the wheel thanks to the super low-slung stance and the low
positioning of the hood and steering wheel, providing broad sightlines and a
sharp, sporty appearance on the road.
The 2020 Stingray is not only the most powerful Corvette
ever but also the most adaptable, with Front Lift, which raises the front of
the Stingray two inches off the ground when approaching a steep incline or bump
for better ground clearance.
A stunning 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will be serving as the Official Pace Car for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. This year marks the 16th time a Corvette model has served as the Official Pace Car for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and the 30th time for a Chevrolet vehicle. No other automaker or automobile has earned more Official Pace Car postings than Chevrolet or Corvette.
The first Chevrolet to serve as Official Pace
Car for the Indy 500 was a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible, taking the lead in
the race of that same year. The 2019 race, which takes place on May 26, marks
the first time a Corvette has been the Official Pace Car since 2007.
“Chevrolet is honored to lead the way for the
500 once again,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and
crossover marketing. “The Grand Sport is a particularly excellent choice as its
wide body and aerodynamic features are steeped in racing heritage.”
The 2019 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport is practically race-ready itself, offering a 0-60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds. To experience track-capable thrills in your day-to-day, stop into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow and check out our selection of Corvette sports cars.
The mid-engine Chevy Corvette did not make its long-awaited
world premiere at January’s North American International Auto Show, but we know
that it’s coming and that it won’t be all that much longer before it breaks
cover. In the meantime, we continue to slake our thirst for this exciting car
with spy shots, including a recent look at the mid-engine Corvette interior.
CarScoops’ eagle-eyed photogs snuck a few shots of what he mid-engine Corvette looks like on the inside. Among the highlights: an all-digital instrument cluster that sits behind a flat-bottom two-spoke steering wheel, a massive infotainment screen, and a unique shifter for the presumed automatic transmission. The interior appears to be well-appointed and quite luxurious, which would make it every bit as exciting in the cabin as it promises to be on the road.
The new mid-engine Corvette has been confirmed by Chevrolet big wigs, but there’s little else known about it at the moment. What engine will it get? How much horsepower will it produce? What new technologies will it feature? For these answers and the answer to the ultimate question — when you can expect to see it in the showroom at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow — watch this space and stay tuned.