Does The Ford GT Stand A Chance Against The Corvette ZR1 In A Straight Line?

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is fitted with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with an extraordinary 755 hp and 715 lb-ft (968 Nm) of torque. With those figures, you’d be excused to believe that it can out-accelerate all other American performance cars.

The DragTimes channel on YouTube recently pitted a Ford GT against the new Corvette ZR1, and despite enjoying a healthy power advantage, the ‘Vette didn’t swipe the floor as many would have expected.

In the first race, the launch control system of the Ford GT works seamlessly and sends it flying down the half mile. By comparison, the Corvette ZR1 experienced a serious amount of wheelspin and was left far, far behind.

More interesting than this first race is the second one. This time around, the duo went head-to-head in a rolling drag race, exactly where you’d assume the Corvette would have an obvious advantage. However, things don’t exactly play out that way.

Whereas the ZR1 has a great big V8 out the front, the Ford GT uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 mounted in the middle of the car. This engine delivers 647 hp and 550 lb-ft (745 Nm) of torque and is mated to a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission.

This video just goes to prove that power isn’t everything when it comes to drag racing, as weight and traction are also just as pivotal.


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  • LJ

    Ford GT: Lightspeed, engaged.

  • SteersUright

    A bit unfair when taking price into account, but in all reality, Corvettes have always been terrible at putting their power down. Same for nearly all muscle cars which is why a Cayman S with half the power & quick PDK transmission is often much quicker in the real world. Chevy obviously knows this and thus the move to either AWD or mid-engine layout. While the Ford GT will be leagues more beautiful than the new C8, its the C8 that seems to be getting the more exciting engines. Anyone know if the C8 will get a DCT as well?

  • john1168

    uuhhh… I think that ZR1 driver is asleep…

    • Bo Hanan

      The car is asleep.

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s clear the front engine Corvette has run it’s course.

  • Drew

    Video is invalid and should never have been posted. Get someone other than a 14 year old girl to drive the Corvette next time.

  • brn

    Watched without sound, but nope. The GT is not a straight-line price winner and never will be. Could it beat the ZR1? Maybe, but never like what we saw in the video. That was more of a Mustang GT vs a Prius.


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