Add another challenger to the growing list of also-ran competitors for the C8 Corvette.
In this video just posted by YouTuber Can I be Frank, a new mid-engine Arctic White Stingray takes on a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.
By now, we all know the new Corvette has a 495-horsepower LT2 V8 engine and 470 lb-ft of torque (when appropriately optioned) – good in Z51 fashion for a blistering 0 to 60 time of 2.9 seconds.
In case you’re not into Fords, like us, we’ll give you a little background on this “powerful, high-strung muscle car designed to rock race tracks while still being at home on the street,” in the words of Car and Driver magazine. The GT350 opts for a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 capable of ripping off 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, but the one challenging this Corvette also has a cat delete/E85 setup.
While the Stingray driver is the only person in his car, the Ford has a 150-lb. passenger, too.
As for transmissions, both of these cars have Tremec units – but the Corvette has an 8-speed dual clutch automatic while the GT350 has a TR-3160 six-speed manual.
We’ll repeat our usual disclaimer about how unwise it is to race cars on public roads, and we also wish this YouTube channel would provide more information about what’s going on in its videos. For example, we’re not sure exactly how many runs are included in the 5-minute video, but we do know that the Corvette wins virtually every time, usually by a large margin, though the GT350 does stay close on occasion. The wins for the Corvette come because even though it has slightly less horsepower, it can boast of less weight, a slippery shape, and a better-shifting gearbox.
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