An avid Corvette enthusiast and self-proclaimed math nerd Kyle Marsh watched last week’s video of the C8 Corvette Z06 prototype practicing its launch control at the Milford Proving Grounds and realized that he could compute a ballpark 0-60 MPH time of the car. As the test track is essentially a “giant ruler” and utilizing physics and calculus, Kyle was able to create a formula, and based on the data points he was able to collect from the YouTube video he came up with an estimated 2.5 to 2.6 seconds 0-60 MPH time.
Sounds easy, right?
Kyle had to take a number of factors into account and he does say there will be variations should you wish to recreate it. Utilizing the spy video, he shows how the C8 Z06 would start next to a set of road markers, but they weren’t always starting exactly on the line. He also had to factor in the distance and how long the sound waves of the engine shift on a car moving away from the photographer would have to travel back to the video camera.
After doing several iterations of the process, he says the C8 Z06 was calculated to be 2.49 seconds in the 0-60 MPH sprint, and 0-100 MPH was calculated to be 5.58 seconds. Kyle explains how the data for the different versions were gathered, but even one of his very conservative versions showed a 2.8 second 0-60 MPH sprint time while he says others averaged between 2.5 to 2.6 seconds.
Kyle says that one of the interesting outcomes was that it seems like the car was using the whole first gear to cover the 0-60 MPH start. That does seem like a really long first gear for the mid-engine C8 Z06 so we’ll interested to see what our readers and others think about that.
There’s more to the video as well as Kyle then pulls up the different satellite and street view maps and shows us just how easy it was for the photographer to capture that video.
Here is the video from Kyle with his analysis and math which predicts the 0-60 MPH time for the C8 Corvette Z06 at 2.49 seconds:
If the C8 Corvette Z06 does have a 0-60 MPH time of 2.5 seconds, it would be among the quickest sports in the world according to this article on the 10 Quickest 0-60 MPH cars as tested by Motor Trend and would equal times by the Lamborghini Aventador SV (2019), the McLaren 720 S (2018) and even the Bugatti Veyron (2005).
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