Yeah, a sprayed C8 Corvette really is that quick

We can safely assume that we’ve got past the moment where the mid-engined Corvette C8 is an absolute novelty. Articles have been written, videos have been posted on YouTube, so we already know pretty much everything there is to know about Chevy’s first-ever Corvette to have its engine mounted between the cabin and the rear axle.

As the new C8 starts to populate dealerships and owner driveways, a different kind of online content is bound to pop up, including dyno runs and drag racing. Speaking of the latter, here’s a video of a Chevy Corvette C8 running on a shot of nitrous oxide and absolutely owning the drag strip.

How fast is the new Corvette C8 in the quarter mile?

A NOS'd Chevrolet Corvette C8 Can Run 10-Second Quarter Miles
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We’ve got two answers for you. The bog-standard C8 Corvette was tested by our colleagues over at Car and Driver and it pulled off 0-60 mph sprints in 2.8 seconds.

To answer the original question, it also ran the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds at 122 mph.

That’s downright impressive and it shows how efficient the launch control feature of the Vette’s dual-clutch transmission really is.

But what if the C8 got a little help from a shot of nitrous oxide? The fine folks at Carlyle Racing bought their own Corvette C8 with one thing in mind: drag racing. According to, the standard-spec Corvette was tested on the dyno where it netted 440 horsepower at the rear wheels and 408 pound-feet of torque. That was before Carlyle had its way with it.

Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995

Hitting that V-8 with a dose of nitrous is a thing of subtlety


Speaking to, Mark Carlyle, owner of Carlyle Racing, explained that this brand’s expertise in motorsport taught him that “the car would take a small amount of nitrous without issues.” As a result, the C8 was fitted with a Nitrous Outlet dry nitrous kit, with the bottle sitting in the frunk.

A NOS'd Chevrolet Corvette C8 Can Run 10-Second Quarter Miles
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Besides the shot of nitrous oxide, a few tweaks were performed to finely-tuned the drag-ready Corvette.

Those included a new set of 18-inch Forgeline GS1R single-beadlock, one-piece forged wheels shod in Mickey Thompson Street S/S tires in the rear and Sportsman SR rubber in the front.

The result? With the shot of nitrous triggered and some further tire pressure adjustments, the Corvette ran the 1/4 mile in 10.65 seconds at 130 mph. Check out the video below for proof.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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