The 2022 Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition was the first special edition for the C8 era. The C8.R edition was a celebration of Corvette Racing’s inaugural racing season with the C8.R race car. The special edition 2022 Corvette was limited to 1,000 examples, and customers could order one in four different configurations. At the NCM Bash at the National Corvette Museum, Corvette production manager Harlan Charles broke down the production figures for the special editions.
The official stats show that Convertibles outsold Coupes by 53% to 47%, and two out of three were produced with the No. 4 Hypersonic Gray livery by 66% to 34%. The IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Editions were initially only offered in the US and Canada. However, Corvette Blogger reports that Chevy allocated up to 12 of the C8.R editions to Mexico.
2022 Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition: Details
The C8.R race car swept IMSA’s sports car championship series, taking the Manufacturers, Team, and Drivers titles. The racing team captures six victories and seven pole positions; they even set the fastest class laps in six events. Just to prove that the first year wasn’t a fluke, the team returned in 2021 and again took all three championships.
Buyers of the IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Editions could choose between the No. 3 Accelerate Yellow versions as a Coupe or Convertible, or they could pick the No. 4 livery in Hypersonic Gray with a choice of body style as well. The only requirements for these special edition cars was that they needed to be 3LTs and have the Z51 Performance Package equipped. While that did increase the cost, it was well worth it to have an even more race-oriented C8 Corvette. The C8.R edition added a total of $6,595 to the price of the car.
Customers could add additional options such as the reversed body-color stripes and a C8.R graphic behind the side intakes. Carbon Flash high wings gave a race-inspired look, while the cars were also outfitted in Black Triden Wheels, yellow brake calipers, and carbon flash outside mirrors. The interior features Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Gray GT2 seats (upgradable to competition seats), and the interior plaque showed off the sequence number of the car.