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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Vs. Tesla Model Y Performance is a Drag Race It Must Win

Are there still people out there who haven’t come to grips with what Chevrolet has done to the new Corvette? There must be; otherwise, where do all the comments you read on every C8 Corvette video come from saying how wonky its proportions are?

It’s just like we tell our kids whenever they see an ugly person: they’re not ugly; they’re slightly different. Except in C8’s case, it’s genuinely real. There aren’t many mid-engine cars out there that are sore to look at, so what were the chances that Chevrolet would make one? Well, considering they don’t have that much experience, there were some, but they seem to have dodged that bullet, and then some.

But there’s more to this layout than looks. You could even say that’s a side bonus with performance and handling topping the list. Placing that big 6.2-liter V8 engine in front of the rear axle moves the car’s weighty stuff much closer to its core while also lowering the center of gravity. It also frees up the front of any constraints caused by the need to feed air to the engine allowing much-improved aerodynamics.

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The more you think about it, the more you realize the question isn’t “why did Chevrolet turn the Corvette into a mid-engine sports car?” but “why didn’t they do it sooner?”. Somewhere, we’re sure there’s an answer.

As for its opponent for the day, you probably already know everything about it. The Tesla Model Y Performance is like one of those guys that look harmless but mess with them, and you find out the hard way they have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Nothing about it screams, “performance.” OK, nothing apart from its name…

Pit the two together in a drag race, though, and the Chevy should win it. The quintessential American sports car should hit the 60 mph mark under three seconds, which is at least four-tenths of a second quicker than its electric rival. However, this particular race does take place at one mile above sea level (thank you, Colorado), meaning its performance could take a bit of a hit.

Well, think of the slightly rarefied air as a field-leveling handicap that will only make the contest all the more exciting, and you’re not far from the truth. That’s because the Model Y couldn’t care less about the density of oxygen and nitrogen molecules around it – to the point where it would have no problem driving on the moon.

If you thought the drag race was interesting, make sure you continue watching the clip because there’s more to come. The current lap record holder on the TFL Car circuit is a C7 Corvette (of the Grand Sport variant), which immediately begs the question: can the 2020 C8 model beat it? And, if so, by how much? All answers in the video below.

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Tesla Model S Raven Vs Corvette C8 – 1/8 Mile Drag Race

The launch is always important and can often make the difference between winning and losing, and the shorter the race, the more that is the case because there’s less track to make up for it. With instant torque, all-wheel-drive, and clever traction control that wastes no power and allows no wheel spin, the Model S will shoot off the line with disheartening efficiency and consistency.

The Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray, on the other hand, has none of that. While it’s a perfectly respectable sports car – particularly when the price is also considered – its setup makes it more suitable for pure driving rather than drag racing. The mid-mounted engine means it has unprecedented balance boosting its handling and mid-corner composure to new levels.

However, there are no corners in a drag race, so it’s other parts of the vehicle that play a more important role. Parts like its engine – a 6.2-liter V8 with 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of maximum torque. That’s definitely plenty of power (particularly for an aerodynamic car that weighs 3,373 lbs (1,530 kg), but the big letdown for the C8 when it comes to straight-line acceleration is that it sends its power to the rear wheels alone.

Knowing there wouldn’t be much of a contest, the Tesla driver decides to give the C8 a head start. He delays his run by 1.65 seconds, which is close to an eternity in drag racing. Unfortunately, the Stingray driver was sleeping in his seat as his reaction time was just over one second – not nearly an eternity, more like a lifetime.

In the end, the 0.63 seconds delay at the start was not enough for the C8 to outrun the electric sedan. The Tesla finished ahead with a trap speed of 101.79 mph (163.8 km/h) and a time of 6.82 seconds. Once it got going, the result never looked in doubt.