General Motors has some cool racecars in the works. The C8 Corvette Z06 GT3.R and the Le Mans Camaro are both still under development. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see them, as YouTuber Lanky Turtle posted two videos onto their channel which showcase both cars sharing a test day at Sebring. The videos are short, with a good glimpse of the vehicles in action and the lovely sound of their engines roaring.
Corvette Z06 GT3R And Le Mans Camaro: Details
The C8 Corvette Z06 GT3.R will be a customer race car based on the C8 Corvette Z06 and its screamin’ demon V8 engine. According to Chevrolet Performance, the new Z06 GT3.R will be the closest-ever link between the road-going Corvette Z06 and Corvette Racing. When it arrives, the Pratt & Miller build C8 Corvette Z06 GT3.R will share the same aluminum chassis, similar aerodynamic features, and bodywork, along with the same 5.5L DOHC V8 as the production Z06. That said, the exhaust note appears to sound different than the outgoing C8.R, leading us to believe that Chevy swapped out the high-revving flat-plane crank in the engine for a more conventional cross-plane crank design. This has not been confirmed yet by Chevrolet.
The Z06 GT3.R will likely be one of the rarest Corvettes ever, with a limited 2-year production run and likely have just 20 units to be built for motorsports applications only. So, if you’re looking to get your hands on this epic Corvette racecar, you’ll have to be poised and ready to be one of the first with their names on the list. The arrival of the C8 Corvette GT3.R program will mark a massive fork in the road for Corvette Racing, which has never offered turn-key customer cars in an official capacity.
Since the Camaro nameplate will go back on the shelf after the 2024 model year, even though Chevrolet hasn’t officially said so, the creation of the Garage 56 Le Mans Camaro will be seen as a farewell capstone event for the muscle car. The car will fill the ACO’s famed Garage 56, reserved for showcases of innovative vehicles that fall outside the race’s traditional class structure. Not to mention that signature small-block V8 exhaust note is sure to woo the crowds that make the pilgrimage to the famous French fortress town.
Chas Knaus, Henrick’s VP of Competition, is overseeing the project. We can expect to see the Le Mans Camaro at the 100th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year, in June 2023.