Corvette unveils C8.R GTLM challenger

Corvette unveils C8.R GTLM challenger

The top can be maneuvered even while the auto is traveling at speeds as fast as 30 miles per hour, Chevrolet said Wednesday when it unveiled the convertible at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Corvette Convertible's top uses two composite pieces that separate in the folding process.

Chevrolet US vice-president of Performance and Motorsport, Jim Campbell, said that the C8.R is a collaboration between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team. Chevy promises that this Stingray is the "most no-compromise Corvette convertible in history" and that specs support that statement. Still, choosing a convertible 2020 Corvette over the coupe adds $7,500 to the price, and will mean waiting for production to start in Q1 of next year.

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The convertible retains a trunk behind the engine that's large enough to fit two golf bags, as well as a second compartment in the nose of the vehicle. The convertible gets just a few tweaks to its suspension and has the same aerodynamic drag as the coupe when their roofs are closed, with the "coupe" featuring a manually removable Targa-style roof panel. "We managed to keep the same design theme as the coupe, as well as the exceptional storage capacity and track capability". It can be activated at vehicle speeds of up to 30mph and retract in 16sec. It is powered by six electric motors - a Corvette first - and uses encoders for precise control, the company said, adding that switching from hydraulic power to electric motors increases reliability. While they're quite large, Chevy says the nacelles are created to reduce air circulating into the cabin.

The powertrain for the Corvette Convertible is identical to the coupe.

The new Corvette convertible will enter showrooms in the U.S. and overseas in the first quarter of 2020, shortly after the Corvette Stingray coupe enters the market.

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