Expect to get confused at various points in this video

While it’s true that Chevrolet didn’t announce a specific acceleration time for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8, the automaker did hint that with the Z51 package, the Corvette C8 could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in “under three seconds.” It’s an impressive number, maybe even a little too impressive if you compare it to the acceleration times of a model like the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1, which, by the way, has around 200 more horsepower than the Corvette C8. Surely, there must be a reason why Chevrolet would make such claims, and if there’s any truth to those claims, how exactly did Chevy arrive at that sub-three-second acceleration? Fortunately, Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske has the low-down on how Chevrolet got to that number. Best be warned, though, this video will drown you in a sea of mathematical equations and scientific explanations rooted in physics. In other words, put your thinking hats on. You’re going to need it in the course of the next 12 minutes.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray drivetrain specifications
Type: LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block Material: A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps
Oiling System: Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling
Oil Type: Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic
Cylinder Head Material: 319-T7 cast aluminum
Combustion Chamber volume: 59cc
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.
Valve Size (in / mm): 2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)
Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)
Firing Order: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)
Throttle body: 87mm single bore (electronic)
ECU: GM E99 (32-bit processing)
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): SAE-certified to 495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm (with performance exhaust)
Torque (lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm): SAE-certified to 470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm (with performance exhaust)

Further reading

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