Now that we’ve been watching the 2020 Corvettes out in the wild being tested and measured by their new owners, we have a new appreciation for the mid-engine Corvette’s ability to hook-up those rear wheels to the pavement.
That ability, of course, is a feature of the 40/60 weight distribution that comes from moving the engine rearward and it now gives C8 Corvette drivers an edge on the dragstrip that they didn’t necessarily have in previous generations.
Proof of point? Watch this video of the new Corvette lining up against a Cadillac CTS-V that makes 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque from the LT4 V8. On paper, the Caddy has 145 hp on the Z51 Corvette and when the two square off on a roll race, the Cadillac is able to utilize its more powerful engine to get and stay in front of the Corvette. But from a dig, the 2020 Corvette launches quicker and is able to maintain that lead over the Cadillac down the strip.
This showdown between “cousins” happened recently in our back-yard as youtuber and auto tuner “Fasterproms” posted the race as they happened on a closed track somewhere in the Tampa Bay area (Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Co.?) Track conditions weren’t the best as construction has blown debris across the surface but I don’t believe that really affected the outcome.
From Fasterproms via YouTube:
Road and Track
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