It's only a matter of time before we see a Vette in the eights.
The race to get the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 to complete the quarter-mile in less than nine seconds is well underway. A new time set this week has the record currently standing at 9.01. The previous quarter-mile record set less than a month ago has been shattered again. But before we get to that, it's worth remembering just how brisk the standard C8 is.
Soon after its release in 2020, a standard Vette with the 495 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 set a quarter-mile time of 11 seconds on drag radials. Vin Diesel wouldn't be pleased, but most people would agree that it's pretty brisk.
Following that, modified Corvettes quickly started setting times below ten seconds. The record was 9.95 seconds before Emelia Hartford lined up on a dragstrip with her twin-turbocharged Corvette C8. It took a couple of runs, and Emelia had to switch to racing fuel, but her 1,000-hp car finally set a time of 9.41 seconds.
A few months later, Emelia returned to the drag strip to break her own record. That particular attempt also had a rough start, but a time of 9.36 seconds was eventually set.
In late August, Extreme Turbo Systems set the new record. These are the same guys that helped build Hartford's car, and have become known as turbocharged Corvette C8 experts.
The video footage for the Extreme Turbo Systems run is poor, but there are time slips to back up the claim. One slip showed a quarter-mile time of 9.19 seconds, which was already good enough to break the record set by Hartford. But the team kept at it and eventually set a time of 9.05 seconds.
Less than a month later, the folks at Fueltech set two new records. The first was for the sheer amount of power produced by a C8 Corvette. Their twin-turbocharged car threw down the gauntlet by producing 1,350 hp during a dyno test.
On the dragstrip, it set a time of 9.01 seconds at 153 mph. The Extreme Turbo Systems Corvette managed 159 mph at the end of its run, however. The Fueltech car runs on methanol, and it has nitrous. It's not clear whether it was used on the record-breaking run.
Fueltech stated that it wasn't actually the 1,350 hp that did the job. To achieve their impressive time, they tuned the gearbox so it wouldn't limit torque going to the rear wheels. To do this, Fueltech had to develop an entirely new wiring harness for the Tremec dual-clutch transmission.
Vin Diesel would be proud.