SHENZHEN – Corvette Racing will close its 20th season of competition in grand style by competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship race in Shanghai on Nov. 16-18.

The C7.R race car, which will wear a special Redline livery for the event, will be the first factory-run Corvette to race in Asia.

The 6 Hours of Shanghai will take place from Nov. 16-18 at the 16-turn, 5.45-km Shanghai Int’l Circuit. Built in 2004, the venue plays host to a number of motorsports’ top championships, including the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix.

“Corvette is a global icon that we are excited to be bringing to race in China – the second largest market for Chevrolet,” said Scott Lawson, general director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM.

The World Endurance Championship is one of the world’s key sports car series that features racing at venues across the world with all races being at least six hours in duration. The 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race is the World Endurance Championship’s most famous stop and it features twice in the 2018-2019 calendar. It tests not only speed and driving skills, but also the stability and fuel economy of cars in extreme driving.

“Corvette Racing has proven itself as a world-class racing program,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet director of Motorsports Competition. “Competing in the Shanghai race provides us an additional opportunity to test ourselves against the top manufacturers and teams in the FIA WEC.”

The Corvette C7.R will wear a special Redline livery for the race in Shanghai to promote the launch of the special edition in China across Chevrolet’s portfolio.

Redline made its global debut in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show. Inspired by a positive response, it became the broadest cross-portfolio special edition ever offered by Chevrolet.

Last year, Chevrolet introduced its Redline special edition portfolio for China at Auto Guangzhou 2017 and announced that four Redline models will enter the domestic market in 2018. In the future, nearly all Chevrolet models in China will have Redline variants.

“Chevrolet is strengthening its brand in China by boosting our product lineup and our overall customer and ownership experience. We have begun rolling out our more youthful and sporty Redline edition to help us reach younger customers,” said Lawson.