YouTube is one of the more conflicting parts of life in modern times. The #1 video sharing site gives creatives all across the globe a way to showcase their talents without having to endure the barriers and Harvey Weinstein’s of Hollywood. It also allows people to share precious moments with loved ones who live thousands of miles away and gets all of your favorite songs within a small finger flex of your ears no matter where you are in the world. But it is also the home to a comment section that brings out the absolute worst in people and the quest for overnight fame often leads to dangerous and even illegal actions.
Which brings us directly into a pair of videos that were uploaded by the channel, Can I be Frank in the past 48 hours. Both of the clips feature some good ole’ fashioned roll racing between Ford’s new 760 HP Shelby GT500 and the most potent pair of Corvettes that GM has ever shipped to customers, the C7 Z06 and ZR1.
Before we get to it, we have to bring up our apprehension one more time. These races take place on public roads in broad daylight in the middle of traffic. In no way do we condone this behavior, but, just like witnessing a 20-car pileup (like these guys are likely to cause at some point), we simply can’t look away. How could we possibly say no when someone finally brings us the supercharged all-American throw down that we have been waiting to see since the Blue Oval announced the return of the ultimate Mustang last year.
First, we will see how the much more common C7 Z06 gets along against Dearborn’s new monster. The LT4 powering the Corvette is down 110 horses to the ‘Stang’s 5.2L “Predator” motor but it is packing 25 more lb-ft of twist. Also of note is the ‘Vette’s considerable weight advantage. The Z06 is around 700 pounds, or two full-grown Panda Bears, leaner than the Shelby. One final difference maker is the equipment fitted to each vehicle. The Z reportedly makes its driver shift its gears through the base, 7-speed manual transmission. An awesome, driver-oriented feature, to be sure, but also a bit disadvantageous for this kind of racing. It is also hamstrung a bit by the “Stage II” aero package which creates significantly more drag than what was fitted to stock, Stage I, C7Zs.
Along with a big power advantage, the S550 generation GT500 in the video uses an ultra-quick shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission. For the majority of the polls, the Grabber Lime Shelby is the one saddled with the dead weight of a cameraman and it also lacks the $18k Carbon Fiber Track Pack, a fact that actually helps it here, by improving aerodynamics.
Luckily, there are none of the time-wasting shenanigans that have become so prevalent on the ‘Tube, so just place your bets in your “Corvette friends” group chat, sit back and enjoy the star-spangled 1,410 HP show right here.
Pretty close but there was a pretty decisive winner (besides our ears, that is. Damn, those are some incredible sounding V8s!) in that first vid.
Next up, “Frank” pits the exact same Shelby against one of the Z06’s 2,953 Big Brothers; this time equipped with the faster 8-speed automatic transmission. The ZR1 comes into the fight with nearly identical power and a whopping 90 lb-ft torque advantage over the GT500. It also enjoys a similar upper hand to the one the Z06 had in the weight department over the big pony. That weight imbalance is slightly remedied by switching the cameraman over to the Corvette this time around. The other detractor for the ZR1 is the inclusion of the ZTK “big wing” package which has proven to lower King of the Hill quarter-mile trap speeds by as much as 10 mph.
This is shaping up to be an even better clash of titans this time around. See which way the cards fall and try to ignore the foolishness of the whole thing when the most powerful road cars ever produced by Chevrolet and Ford are unleashed on the world at the same time by watching the full video here:
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