Back in August, General Motors introduced their all-new GT2 class Corvette C6.R to the American Le Mans Series. Powered by a 6.0-liter version of the GT1 Corvette’s 7.0-liter V8, Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program director, told us that the 6.0-liter V8 was to be an interim engine, to be replaced as soon as the new 2010 GT rules were announced.

Having worked long and hard throughout the off-season, it appears Corvette Racing is ready to unveil their all-new 5.5-liter V8. Unlike the one-off 6.0-liter and 7.0-liter V8’s currently used in ALMS and LMS competition, the new 5.5-liter C6.R motor will be derived from the road going Corvette and will be built at GM’s Performance Build Center alongside the Corvette ZR1 and Z06 powerplants... [read more]

According to Fehan, the new 5.5-liter V8’s have been dyno tested and will make their racing debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March. Additional details on the new powerplant are unavailable at this time, however we expect to see a de-tuned version of the new small-block in the next generation Corvette.

Photo: Camden Thrasher
Editorial: Justin W. Coffey
Info: Autoblog

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