It almost went faster than the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Thanks to its mid-mounted naturally aspirated V8, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can set a respectable quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds in stock form, though independent tests have found it can go even faster than Chevrolet claims. Clearly, this wasn't fast enough for YouTuber Emelia Hartford, who built one of the world's fastest custom C8 Corvettes.
With a pair of turbochargers installed, this monster mid-engine sports car produces a colossal 1,022 hp and 942 lb-ft of torque. This enabled it to set a new quarter-mile record back in March with a time of 9.41 seconds at 144.84 mph. Still not satisfied, Hartford returned to the drag strip to try and beat her own record and set the bar even higher.
To give it the best possible chance of setting a new record at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California, the custom Corvette was taken to the drag strip earlier in the morning to race at cooler temperatures as she feared the warmer temperatures forecasted for the day could affect the times. After a few warm up laps, the Corvette overheated in the conditions and was left to cool down, so the chances of setting a new record time looked slim. The engine also kept cutting out as it needed more auxiliary fuel.
After tweaking the boost, the Corvette ran a 9.5-second quarter-mile time, but this still wasn't fast enough to beat the record. Unfortunately, Hartford encountered another issue as the clutch slipped. It took some perseverance, but the celebrations start around ten minutes into the video when the Corvette blitzes the quarter-mile in 9.36 seconds at 147 mph, setting a new world record. That's very impressive considering the record was set during a 100-degree heatwave.
In better conditions, there's a good chance the custom C8 Corvette will set an even faster time. Hartford returned to the drag strip the following day to try and improve her time, so it won't be long until we find out if her current record has already been beaten.