Although the C7 Corvette may have gotten snubbed at this year's Super Bowl, it looks like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be front and center for some of the brightest lights in automotive racing. These spy shots show Chevrolet engineers testing a Stingray coupe with safety lights added to the front and rear of the car as we normally see on a pace car, and judging by the timing and the history of General Motors pacing the Indianapolis 500, it looks like this Corvette could be getting ready for next month's big race.

We contacted Chevrolet PR, who remained understandably coy on the subject, but we have good reason to believe this is, in fact, the pace car. (We also note the recently-revealed Camaro Convertible Hot Wheels Edition has already been confirmed for race-related duties, yet it hasn't been revealed as the pace car).

Preparing for pace duty, this C7 adds small strobes into the lower grille and a light bar integrated into the rear window opening, and the factory LEDs on the side of the headlights will also be programmed to flash. Judging by the white tape still covering the rocker panels, there could be other changes planned for the car as well. If this is in fact the pace car for the 2013 Indy 500, that would mark the 12th time a Corvette has led the field to the green flag. Either way, we should know soon – the 97th running of the race is Sunday, May 26.


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      TopGun
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh goodie...another C7 thread for all to post (again) how they think it's ugly...has no dual-clutch box...and no all-wheel drive!
      tony36619
      • 1 Year Ago
      When will auto journalist be able to test drive the car? That's my biggest curiosity right now.
      tbird635
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm betting on the 2014 pace car to be either the 2014 SS or the 2014 chevrolet cruze diesel. Certainly won't be the newly redesigned 50th anniversary 2015 Mustang.
      Tina Dang
      • 1 Year Ago
      My goodness it's horrible! And the tacky and cheap add ons only makes it worse, a feat I thought was impossible. GM needs to take notes from Porsche, Aston and Jaguar on creating beautiful and desirable sports cars.
      RampantFury
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you hate the Corvette so much, piss off and dont read about it then. Save the comments for people who actually like it.
        Porsche4life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RampantFury
        Shut up man
        john
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RampantFury
        I know... aren't different opinions terrible?
          Tetratron
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john
          There is a major difference between having a disenting opinion and trolling an auto-enthusiast site like a childish knob... ...speaking of which, I'm surprised ryanandrewmartin hasn't graced us with his presence. I'm sure Rob and Laser will be around to pick up the slack with their inane drivel.
          Porsche4life
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john
          Lol people have opinions they can say whatever they want.
          inthelv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john
          lol
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RampantFury
        I love corvettes, and have owned several, which is why I am so concerned over the ass end looking like a pouting jack-o-lantern, and now having a poorly fitted toupee.
        Elboss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RampantFury
        I for one do love Corvettes ... but not this alteration .. seriously, you need to be a teenager to like it !!
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are so many bad angles to the C7 I'm pretty much shocked Ed Welburn approved it. It's just about hideous. I guess we all have our off days, but the Corvette deserves 100% from everyone involved at all times. I keep hoping it's a ruse.
        A.J.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Keep bashing it. I'll appreciate the lower value when I go to buy mine. The only thing better than a $50k 450 hp sports car that handles great is a $40k 450 hp sports car that handles great.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Hopefully this gets one of those emergency refreshes that seem to be so prominent these days. It just needs to be toned down. The C6 was a pretty understated design and it was a hit.
          TopGun
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          IIRC, the C6 was lambasted when it came out for being too bland...and taking too much from Ferrari at the front. I'd agree that it turned out to be a hit. That's what pro designers do...they see things through their processes that we aren't pros at. I didn't like the rear end at all when it came out - I'm totally fine with it now...I just needed a chance to catch up to what they were doing with it.
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      That spoiler doesn't even fit the car right! Is it made specifically for the c7 or did they just slap a random spoiler on it?!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        [blocked]
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      And the ass end of this car just gets worse and worse... WTH is up with that spoiler!?
      gfviperman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a pretty sight ....
      Cadillacftw
      • 1 Year Ago
      C7 looks amazing in my eyes. I really like that color on it too. For the money, there is NOTHING else like it. Good job GM!
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alright, it looks pretty decent in these pictures. Looks good on the road. I still can't get over the tail though.
      Blackie
      • 1 Year Ago
      These long range shots that remove the perspective effects you get from viewing it close up really highlight the overly massive back end, especially when viewed from the front. It's like a lean sports car that has to drag around an inflamed, bulbous ass like some kind of monkey.
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