[VIDEO] Hennessey Races a C8 Corvette Convertible vs the Ram TRX and America Wins


[VIDEO] Hennessey Races a C8 Corvette Convertible vs the Ram TRX and America Wins

Let’s give up to the folks at Hennessey Performance whose apparent racing philosophy of “run what you brung” was on full display once again this week.

The Texas tuner’s latest drag race of eclectic competitors features a C8 Corvette Z51 Convertible versus a 2021 Ram TRX on the Hennessey test track. Both vehicles are being raced in stock form prior to receiving upgrades and that means the TRX already has a 207-hp advantage. So how will it do against the hardtop convertible?

The C8 Corvette Convertible is a known quantity with its 6.2-liter LT2 turning out 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Armed with the Z51 package, this C8 Convertible shows the same performance capabilities as the Coupe, with a sprint time of 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 121 mph. The HTC is the “no-compromises” Corvette and this is the first one we’ve seen on Hennessey’s test track.

[VIDEO] Hennessey Races a C8 Corvette Convertible vs the Ram TRX and America Wins

The Ram TRX is powered by the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 with 702-hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. And even though its 0-60 mph time is officially listed as 4.5 seconds, the four-wheel-drive pickup out-launches the C8 Corvette in both races much to our surprise! That quick launch makes you think the Ram boys might be sandbagging on their 0-60 mph numbers! Car and Driver tested the truck and reported a 3.7 second 0-60 mph time and 12.3 seconds in the quarter-mile.

So hopefully without giving away the whole thing away, check out this epic all-American showdown featuring the Corvette against the TRX:

Hennessey will be applying their magic to both vehicles in the coming weeks and with the TRX getting the 1,000-hp Mammoth package, we are hoping a rematch will be in order, just to see how insane that truck will be.

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  1. Not sure what the point of this “race” is. The C8 only has 41 miles on it, so it is still in its power-limited 500-mile break-in mode, and is not using launch control.

  2. I think aerodynamics is the key to why the C8 starts pulling ahead the longer the race goes.
    The Ram might have 702 horsepower, but as the air starts building up in front of it, it takes more horsepower to push that big block of Iron down the track. They found that also to be the case with the Challenger. It like trying to push a 747 through Mach 1

  3. The TRX and the Trackhawk are deceptively fast! Even with all that weight, and a lack of any kind of slick aerodynamics, they can still walk a sports car no problem! On a track it’s obviously a completely different story. It reminds of the old GMC Syclone which was a brick! But it could beat most of the sports cars of that era rather easily In a straight line.

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