It’s more for fun than anything else, really

It’s almost every day that we stumble upon a new drag racing video. The usual suspects are supercars that, barely tuned, can do insane quarter-mile times or multi-car races attempting to show viewers which car from a certain segment is the best at going really quickly and at stopping.

Then there’s the sort of video we have here today for you where someone pits a stock car against a modified one and then, mouths wide open, we watch as the one that should win duly wins. But there’s more to it than just that.

It’s a case of Corvette eat Corvette

People Are Missing The Point of This Race Between a Hennessey-Modded C8 Corvette and a Bone Stock C7 Corvette
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The Corvette as we’ve all known it since the ’50s has changed. Its father, Belgian-American engineer and racer Zora-Arkus Duntov would’ve wanted to see the change happen while he was still in charge of the Corvette, back in the ’60s or early ’70s but GM was wary about such a radical change.

The sales department kept telling the guys in R&D that the current recipe sells well and nothing should be changed. Until the arrival of the C8.

With the eighth-generation model now here and already managing to find its way to the hearts of Corvette fans the world over, we’ve witnessed many a comparison between the C7, the last front-engined model, and the rear-mid-engined C8.

People Are Missing The Point of This Race Between a Hennessey-Modded C8 Corvette and a Bone Stock C7 Corvette
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By and large, such comparisons don’t really make sense because the Corvette effectively repositioned itself once the engine was moved aft of the cabin and it’s now a proper supercar. One that’s more practical than most other supercars but, still, a supercar. The C7 and all other ’Vettes before it took a stab at beating Jags or 911s or Aston Martins. They were GTs.

As such, we shouldn’t be watching this video but we are because, well, it’s been posted by Hennessey and those guys know what they’re doing when they tune a Corvette. It is interesting, as a result, to see what a Hennessey stainless steel exhaust, lightweight rims, and Hoosier race tires can do when it comes to improving a C8’s prowess on the drag strip.

To put it into context, a bone-stock Corvette C8 - equipped with the 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 good for 492 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque - officially needs three seconds flat to reach 60 mph from a standing start. Add the Z51 performance package (which increases the output by five horsepower while also adding five torques) and your C8 completes the feat in 2.9 seconds, although videos have emerged of people going even quicker in their supposedly stock C8s with a 2.67-second 0-60 mph run on public roads being probably the best we’ve seen so far.

People Are Missing The Point of This Race Between a Hennessey-Modded C8 Corvette and a Bone Stock C7 Corvette
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In other words, the C8 is a seriously fast piece of kit (remember, a 2019 MY C7 ZR1 does 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds) that gets quickly off the line and keeps on going, completing the quarter-mile run in 11.2 seconds at 123 mph. So, how do you expect a Corvette C8 with grippier tires, lighter spokes, and a more efficient exhaust to compare with the standard Stingray that, while fast in its own right, can’t even hold a candle to an equally stock C8 given that the LT1 V-8 puts out just 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque?

We won’t spoil the video for you but it suffices to say that the C7 was given a small head start in both runs and that for a fairer fight you should try watching this video where that same C8 gets pitted against a Huracan. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the C8’s exhaust is $2,995 (while on sale, usual list price is $3,495).

People Are Missing The Point of This Race Between a Hennessey-Modded C8 Corvette and a Bone Stock C7 Corvette
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Michael Fira
Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - fira@topspeed.com
Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read More
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