This C8 Corvette, owned by Emelia Hartford, has beaten its own time and set a new quarter-mile record!by Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 03:00
Do you remember the world’s quickest Chevy C8 Corvette that was booted from the LS Fest last month for being too fast? Well, that car is now in its natural habitat and doing what it does best. This C8 Corvette had set a record earlier this year for being the quickest to quarter-mile, taking just 9.41 seconds. The owner of the car, Emelia Hartford, and her team were working on it to make it even quicker, and within three months, they’ve broken their own record. It is by the smallest of the margins, but hey, a record is still a record.
The Chevy C8 Corvette Is A Star Performer
Let’s give you a glimpse of this car’s history. Back in March, Hartford and her team took ‘Phoenix’ to the Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California to break the fastest Chevy C8 Corvette’s record. The record was then held by a boosted C8 Corvette built by Extreme Turbo Systems. After a few runs, Hartford managed to beat the record and set a new time of 9.90 seconds. The next attempt was even quicker at 9.47 seconds, and the last run at the drag strip was the fastest of them, taking just 9.41 seconds with a trap speed of 144.84 mph.
How Much Time Did The Chevy C8 Corvette Take This Time?
It seems like the Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield is lucky for the car and Hartford’s team. The conditions weren’t that great, despite that the team managed to break the record. The afternoon was predicted to be quite hot, so the team wanted to hit the track and break the record before that. After a few warm-ups that weren’t that perfect, the car finally found its mojo. The C8 had to be left to cool down before running it, but eventually, it broke its previous record by just 0.05 seconds, completing the quarter-mile in 9.36 seconds at 147 mph.
The Record-Breaking C8 Wasn’t Flawless
This heavily-modded C8 makes close to 1,200 horses as opposed to 495 ponies that the stock model puts out. This meant there was an extra load on the transmission and the team had to tread carefully to avoid a breakdown. In the initial runs, the car struggled to shift through the gears. We’ve seen it on Hartford’s car in the past, too. In fact, the car even had oil leaking from the rear seal. But, all it needed was one run where everything worked in tandem which led to the record being broken.
How Is The C8 Corvette In Standard Condition?
In the stock condition, the C8 Corvette also features a 6.2-liter, V-8 mill. This is a naturally aspirated engine that makes 495 ponies and 470 pound-feet of twist. Power hits the ground via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that helps the car propel to 60 mph from rest in just 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph.
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