Since picking up his Sebring Orange 2020 Corvette coupe at the National Corvette Museum on March 16, Zac has been using his Stingray as his daily driver and at the time of this video on the Fourth of July, he was already closing in on 10,000 miles.
In an earlier video, Zac came away as an enthusiastic supporter of using the new Corvette as a DD, but today he – and we – are concerned with what the Stingray will do on the drag strip.
He’s added Kooks Headers and Green Cats to his car, gaining 5 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque on the dyno, and says he’s not expecting much gains with his times, calling the aftermarket changes “more of a sound thing” because he wants a louder C8 that, he says, was “a little bit quiet” for his tastes.
Zac’s best time of the night turns out to be his first run, an 11.3 at 120 mph (1.74 for 60 feet), when he blows the doors off a 2020 Supra with an E93 tune and downpipe head exhaust.
“I’m definitely happy with 11.3,” he says, noting his previous best had been 11.4. “So 11.3 … inching it down to that 11.2 Chevy claims.”
His goal, he says, remains an 11.2, but he doesn’t manage to accomplish that on this night, at least.
“I did spin a little bit, so we’re gonna warm up the tires a little bit more next go-around and see if we can lay down a better time,” he says of his first run against the Supra.
In the second and third runs, first a Charger Hellcat and then a Challenger Hellcat fall victim to the mid-engine Corvette.
The run against the Charger was 11.4 at 119 mph, with 1.74 in 60 feet and 7.32 in the eighth-mile.
The time slowed just a little on the third run, with the C8 running 11.49 seconds to finish ahead of the Challenger’s 12.12.
The consistency continued for the Corvette in the fourth and final run, a rematch against the Charger, with the Stingray running away again, turning in 11.47 at 118 mph, 1.73 in 60 feet, and 7.36 in the eighth-mile.
“I’m definitely happy with how the car performed tonight,” Zac says, noting his new Stingray seems to be running “pretty consistent” every time.
Since posting the video, viewers have posted several complimentary comments of the C8, including Kevin who says the action “just made me wanna take money out my 401k and buy me a Corvette. I don’t care, I’m doing it before a meteor, flood, or the coronavirus take us all out. I just wanna say I did it.”
I’m sure a lot of our readers feel the same way, including one fellow who believes “the new C8 is setting the bar much higher for a ‘base’ model car,” adding that the Stingray is “a beast on the strip and on a road course track.”
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