That's one way to use a frunk.
Like many other rear-mid-engine cars, where the engine occupies much of the space that might otherwise be used for storage, the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette features a front trunk, or "frunk," ahead of the cabin. Of course, frunks tend to be drastically more cramped than traditional sedan trunks, and while Chevrolet says the C8's frunk is big enough for a bag of golf clubs, that's about all it's big enough for.
But you know what else fits up there? A big ole' can of nitrous, as the folks at Carlyle Racing have demonstrated with their drag racing 2020 Corvette Stingray.
We have so many questions about this. How will the transmission and differential hold up to a shot of nitrous? How about the engine? Will the ECU be able to adapt? GM's newest ECU designs are notoriously tamper-proof, so software tuning likely isn't an option. And is the nitrous can even actually hooked up, or is this just a gag?
All we can say for now is that nitrous may or may not be in this C8's future. The particular mid-engine Corvette in question is set up for quarter-mile racing, wearing a set of Mickey Thompson drag radials and importantly, no rear wing, as cornering grip isn't exactly a concern on the drag strip. This also means this Corvette is likely a non-Z51 package C8.
Carlyle Racing has already had their 2020 Corvette on the dynamometer, where it registered 440 horsepower at the rear wheels. That's about right for the amount of parasitic loss one might expect to see with a factory drivetrain, although it's worth noting that when the Corvette was tested, it had just 20 miles on the odometer. The C8 shows a lower redline and limits first- and second-gear torque output for the first 500 miles - until the engine is good and broken in - so this result might even skew a bit pessimistic.
We'll be watching very closely as the folks at Carlyle Racing continue to get this C8 ready for the drag strip.