It has been almost a year at this point since Chevrolet unveiled the mid-engined Corvette to the world. In the time since the event strewn with decades of anticipation, the C8 has had a bit of a challenging go. With delays related to both a UAW dispute and the global pandemic, the cars haven’t exactly been flying out of the Bowling Green factory. With many first-year buyers now being forced to place orders for the 2021 C8 Corvette, Chevy has just dropped a new video teaser that may help to draw up excitement. This is particularly true if you happen to be a fan of the Gulf Livery.
A 2021 Corvette order guide previously leaked the several stripes and paint color combinations, as well as an upcoming “Stingray R” package. In other words, if your 2020 C8 order got bumped to 2021, it’s really not that bad of a thing.
Chevrolet has uploaded a short video to their Corvette Facebook page, which carries the caption “It’s time to earn some new racing stripes.” While we’d forgive you for assuming this might have something to do with the C8.R, it appears that this is Chevy’s way of hinting at new stripe packages coming for 2021. The video footage is fast paced and rife with quick cuts, but it does a good job of showing us potential color combinations. Of the four cars shown, two featured a black paint job, one with a set of red stripes and the other with a yellow pair. There was also a white car finished with blue stripes, as well as a car rocking the iconic Gulf livery color combination.
The blue and orange combination found on some of the prettiest race cars in the world is a fan favorite, and arguably one of the most photogenic liveries ever created. Corvettes of the past did race under Gulf Oil sponsorship, so why not give owners the chance to carry on the visual tradition.
As of now, there doesn’t appear to be big changes coming to the 2021 C8 Corvette lineup, as the track-ready Z06 model isn’t expected to arrive until 2022. Perhaps Chevrolet hopes some new exterior options will help tide customers over until the flat-planer arrives.