One of our favorite YouTubers is back with a legitimate track video featuring his 2020 Corvette Z51 Coupe at an open track date at Willow Springs. Speed Phenom may be younger than you or I but he sure does know how to drive on the track! The Corvettes 495-hp LT2 V8 sounds fierce at full throttle and with the windows down you can enjoy that exhaust note for well over 10 minutes of track action.
Speed Phenom opens this video with a quick trip to a local Chevrolet dealer to have his camber adjusted for the track. Following his safety check, Speed rolls onto the track and he just happens to be behind a Porsche GT3 RS and that’s where the fun begins! The GT3 driver is very good and leads Speed through the traffic as the two cars battled each other for several laps. The Porsche was very good at getting out of the corners and just when Speed was able to reel him in, the Porsche was able to escape and put some distance between the two cars.
Towards the end of the track action, the Porsche moves over and the driver waves Speed in front of him for a bit of some Lead-Follow. At one point Speed comes upon a C7 Z06 and with the GT3 behind him, it made an interesting view from the camera mounted on the engine-partition window that captured the Z06 in front and the GT3 in the rearview camera mirror. I was hoping for a spirited defense from the Z06 but after a few corners he gives the wave around as well.
Following his track session, Speed Phenom takes a moment to debrief his experience behind the wheel, touching on the “understeer” issue as well the performance capabilities as he saw during his run. He also takes a few minutes to walk around the car and we see the Michelin tires were heated up, and he notes some debris marks on the panel directly under the C8’s side scoop.
You may also note that Speed ran the entire session with the DCT in automatic mode as he wanted to see how it was programmed. The youtuber made this comment which again validates what others have said about the dual-clutch transmission:
“Getting on track I wanted to try out how the car performs in automatic mode while being in track mode. Now obviously manually shifting is more fun…it’s way more fun, but I just wanted to see how this DCT is programmed…that being will it downshift for me in a corner, will it hold high in the rpms during a corner, and overall, is it seamless. To simply put it I felt like it was. The DCT in this car is so good that if you don’t want to shift you don’t have to and if anything it makes you faster.”
From Speed Phenom via YouTube:
New C8 Corvette takes to the track here at Willow Springs Raceway in Southern California. This is my first track day with the mid-engine Corvette! The car is prepped with the Chevrolet recommended track alignment. How does the C8 compare to other cars at the track? In this video you will find out!
*NOTE* All drivers and cars featured in this episode were all at the track just to have fun! Nothing in this video constitutes a true head to head race. This is episode ONLY presents amazing footage of a new C8 Corvette and GT3 RS on track driving with each other, and does not represent the true maximum performance of either vehicle. This episode is for entertainment purposes only, of the thrill of a track day!
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