In 2013, both Corvette and Cindi Lauper turned 60. However, only one of them introduced a brand new body at this year's Monterey Car Week. Well, kind of introduced: instead of making a grand announcement, General Motors simply had someone utter a completely unexpected "2014 Corvette IMSA car" over the loud speakers, and out burst a black-and-white harlequin-style patterned beast, slinging itself around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a handful of laps before disappearing back into the shadows. When GM representatives were asked point blank about what, er, that was, they said pretty much nothing, then also disappeared into the shadows. Or to wherever the hospitality tent was.
So what was it? The abstruse pattern is often used by car companies trying to mask the detailed curves of cars they don't want to officially introduce yet. And it was very publicly associated with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), a stateside sanctioning body that runs a number of series including the American qualifier for Le Mans. So there's a very good chance you're getting a first look at C7.R, Corvette's newest GT-class racecar. Even at 60, Corvette just wants to have fun.