Corvettes look sharp. Racing 'Vettes, even sharper. A competition-spec ZR1? Now we're talking.

After dominating the GT1 class seemingly for longer than we can remember, the Corvette Racing team is dropping down to the GT2 category for the 2010 American Le Mans Series. There they hope to find the competition, dominated by Ferraris and Porsches, even fiercer, and indeed they did for the latter part of the 2009 season. This, however, is our first look at the finished new car.

The shot above was snapped at the garages of Pratt & Miller, the racing outfit contracted by GM to develop and run the racing 'Vettes. Although the color scheme is the same yellow and black that's instilled fear into the hearts of most every other team on the grid, the 2010 C6.R, as you can see, gets a decidedly sharper paint job.

The bodywork is otherwise styled after the roadgoing Corvette ZR1, built atop an aluminum frame (instead of the GT1's steel), with steel brakes (in place of carbon-ceramic) and a downsized 5.5-liter V8 (replacing the 6.0- and 7.0-liter units employed in previous iterations). The season can't begin soon enough...

[Source: BadBoyVettes.com]