The only things certain in life are death and taxes, so they say.
We’d be inclined to add a third certainty to that list – Corvette enthusiasts are always going to try to go faster than one another.
Case in point: Emelia Hartford claims to own a world record with her C8 Corvette with the fastest quarter-mile pass of 9.41 seconds at 144 mph. On the other hand, FuelTech says its mid-engine Stingray holds another world record of its own, generating the highest power output with 1,075 whp.
A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, and it’s likely that these two will be battling for supremacy for years to come.
In a recent YouTube video, Anderson Dick, founder and CEO of FuelTech, took the company car out for a few trial runs at Virginia Motorsports Park during the Outlaw Street Car Reunion.
During an initial eight-mile test run, FuelTech wasn’t happy with the performance of its C8, a problem that was finally traced to an intake lid that had burst at one of the seals and was sending boost out instead of into the engine. Despite some improved on-site repairs with JB Weld, the car still couldn’t manage the full 21-psi boost needed for 1,075 whp and had to settle instead for 16-psi and an unconfirmed 1,000 whp.
Despite the problems, Dick was able to come through with four consecutive quarter-mile runs in the 9s, including a best of 9.727 seconds, not far off that 9.41 pace set by Hartford.
We have a feeling this competition is really going to heat up over the next few months and can’t wait to see if one of them – or perhaps another competitor – can become the first to post a time in the 8s.
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