You've never seen a C8 Corvette drag race like this.
We've seen the new C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray go head-to-head in drag races against the Mustang Shelby GT500 and Challenger Hellcat Red Eye. But we've never seen a C8 Corvette drag race quite like this. Hoonigan's This vs. That drag racing show pits the most oddball cars head-to-head. In the first episode of 2021, we get to see Chevrolet's new mid-engine sports car take on an insanely powerful custom Lexus GS 300 drift car.
To recap, the new Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 producing up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic with power sent to the rear wheels.
In stock form, the Lexus GS 300, which was discontinued in the US for the 2020 year, utilizes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Except this Lexus GS 300 isn't stock.
To turn the luxury sedan into a drift car, Hoonigan has fitted a turbocharged 2JZ 3.0-liter straight-six and a six-speed manual gearbox. This unit develops 600 horses to torture the rear tires with. While the Lexus has more power, it's 200 pounds heavier than its competitor. It also rides lower to the ground on massive rims and is fitted with a sporty bodykit.
In the first race, the stock Corvette C8 and tuned Lexus GS 300 race on a 1,500-ft strip of track from a standing start. Both cars get a good launch, but the more modern Corvette rockets ahead and beats the Lexus without breaking a sweat.
In round two, the two cars compete in a rolling drag race. This time, the driver was able to take advantage of the drift car's extra muscle and beat the Corvette. For the third and final round, which was also a rolling race, the Corvette driver switched back to automatic mode.
With faster shift times and superior traction, the Corvette was able to defeat the Lexus and was declared the overall winner. After the race, the modified Lexus GS 300 is let loose to do what it was designed to do: do burnouts and destroy tires. It's worth watching the video until the end - let's just say the driver pushed the car a bit too hard.