Does a heavily modified Corvette stand a chance against the 2020 Gymkhana Subaru STI?by Dim Angelov, on
From the Hoonigan YouTube channel, we get another epic drag race. This one does a great job at showcasing the difference between a heavily modified car with a bunch of nice parts on it and a full-on Gymkhana build. But before we move on to the cars, you have to give credit for the Megas XLR-styled intro, which brings back memories. Anyway, the cars in question are a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette C5 and a 2020 Subaru WRX STI, both heavily modified, obviously.
This episode of “This vs That” is special because we also get Travis Pastrana and Cleetus McFarland going head to head on the drag strip. Pastrana is in the infamous 2020 Gymkhana Subaru, while Cleetus drives a heavily modified Corvette C5.
You will immediately notice the two precision Turbos protruding from the hood. They actually had to make holes to fit the two “snails” onto the engine in a way that would supply maximum airflow. A testimony to the LS engine’s durability is the stock bottom end and the 20 PSI of boost with the current setup. The end result is 850 horsepower. Also, this “Vette” has had some airtime, while off-roading – yes you read that right – and still lives.
“When you take off, it’s like the Hand of God reaches out and throws you to the ground”, Pastrana says,
while talking about the Gymkhana Subaru’s downforce, courtesy of its radical body kit. It’s essentially a rally car taken to the extreme. It may have half the cylinders of the Corvette and only 2.3 liters of displacement, but it makes 862 horsepower. It’s also lighter, has all-wheel drive, an anti-lag system, and a close-ratio sequential gearbox.
The first out of three races is from a dig and the Vette’s traction issues are obvious. In addition, the shifting time on the C5 is way longer than the STI. In order to negate that, Cleetus gets a flying start for the second and third races. At the same time, all three races include a ramp, on the left side, so Travis can have a Gymkhana-style photo finish.
Despite the similar power, both cars drive very differently. The Corvette is at a disadvantage in most areas, but the Subaru’s short gearing and extreme downforce hinder its top-end performance. While the Corvette has some traction issues, but it also has a lot more engine and torque. Will the flying start change the outcome?