1,350-hp C8 Corvette drag car cranks so hard it rips parts
The Chevrolet Corvette C8, despite its unconventional engine layout, proves to be a seriously capable platform. Heck, some people even turned them into submarines. The mid-engined V8 sports car can already launch to 60mph in just under three seconds, however, tuners are pushing it even further. Fueltech, a company with its roots in drag racing, is one of the aftermarket wizards working its magic on the platform. He recently put his C8 – which he claims is the fastest in the world – on track to show YouTuber Rob Dahm what it can do. But while the races were impressive, not everything went as planned.
In this specific form, the dual-clutch-equipped ‘Vette produces 1,350 horsepower from its 6.2-liter V8, thanks to twin turbochargers and a superimposed ECU developed by Fueltech. He runs an 8.97 second pass in the quarter mile at 160.92 mph. In the video below, the results are slightly different only because Fueltech’s Dahm and Anderson Dick are running on the eighth mile setup, but also because the parts are literally starting to fall off.
I will be clear; it doesn’t break any driveline components or create big oily messes on the trail because the transaxle has been beefed up to handle the new engine power. It looks like the larger diameter slick tire rubbed on the inner fender under hard acceleration, ripping the assembly out along with a bunch of wiring for the ECU, especially some transmission-related stuff. As a result, the car gets stuck in first gear and the vehicle has to be repaired in a hurry in order to get a few more runs out of it. He gets a clean run with Dahm at the wheel, though, and it’s very impressive.
Even if you’re not a fan of rotary engines, you can definitely enjoy this 1,350 horsepower beast. With not just a screaming Z06 on the way, but also the first-ever all-wheel-drive hybrid Corvette, things are only going to get more exciting.
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