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Chevrolet Plans To Build At Least 20 Of These Formidable Race Cars

2023 2024 IMSA WEC Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3R GT3 GT3.R Race Car Racing Motorsport Daytona Le Mans
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Chevrolet Motorsports officials confirmed to MC&T and attending media at Daytona International Speedway that the new Corvette Z06 GT3.R is priced from $735,000 USD, making it the most expensive Corvette ever to be sold by Chevrolet.

But if you want one, chances are you can’t get one. The Corvette Z06 GT3.R is a track-only, purpose-built FIA GT3 race car, and its purpose is exactly that: to race all over the world. That being the case, Chevy intends to prioritize race teams as customers for this radical C8.

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At the moment, Chevrolet is currently working through a “team selection process” but was not ready to announce who any of those teams may be. That said, early demand and interest for the Corvette Z06 GT3.R has been “triple or quadruple” what they were expecting. Chevy has not taken any deposits yet, but will be prioritizing actual racers and race teams ahead of collectors and enthusiasts otherwise. At the moment, Chevrolet has announced 20 units of the Corvette Z06 GT3.R, the homologation minimum for GT3.

Even though Chevrolet Motorsports has not listed any customers, Racer reports that Rebel Rock Racing is an interested party after the team’s current Camaro GT4.R race car ends its last year of homologation, which is this year. Rebel Rock currently fields their Camaro GT4.R in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Challenge, which also competed at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

2023 2024 IMSA WEC Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3R GT3 GT3.R Race Car Racing Motorsport Daytona Le Mans
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Chevrolet plans to haver four Corvette Z06 GT3.R entries with a mix of GTD PRO and privateer GTD teams next year starting with the 2024 Rolex 24. In addition, two Corvette Z06 GT3.R cars will be bound for FIA WEC in hopes of a double entry in the yet-to-be-named GT category, which includes the unrivaled 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition, Chevrolet Motorsports will also be evaluating opportunities to be represented in SRO Motorsports including SRO America and the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Specific team announcements including drivers are expected at a later date.

Per Chevrolet, Corvette Racing will field the FIA GT3-spec Corvette Z06 GT3.R in 2024 in both IMSA and the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Built by Pratt & Miller from the aluminum chassis of a production Corvette Z06 plucked right from Bowling Green Assembly, the 2024 Corvette Z06 GT3.R will retire the C8.R after just three seasons of racing. Moreover, the Corvette Z06 GT3.R will be offered to privateer customer teams, with full factory support, including the option to have a truck full of parts, engineering assistance from the factory team, as well as racing strategy. Pricing for the customer cars have not been made public at this time.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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