And run a mid-9-second quarter-mile.
The Chevrolet Corvette has always been the car to measure against on American roads, and is still considered to be the king of American sports cars. Ever since the mid-engined C8 Corvette was launched, people have been blown away by how quick these cars are, but as we all know, most Corvette owners can't leave their cars alone and will start to tinker with the engine as soon as that new car smell shows the slightest hint of fading. In this video posted to YouTube by FuelTech USA, we get to see one serious twin-turbocharged C8 running insane quarter-mile times, and even popping wheelies. This is what America's all about baby.
FuelTech's C8 Corvette makes an astonishing 1,075 wheel horsepower, and last month managed to run a 9.72-second quarter mile at 146 mph at Virginia Motorsports Park. But that wasn't enough for the team, who last week pushed the car further to a 9.61-second run at 148 mph at the South Georgia Motorsports Park.
With a set of sticky Mickey Thompson ET Street R Drag Radials fitted on the back and some nitrous adjustment, the guys managed to get the 60-foot time down to a respectable 1.38 seconds. Popping wheelies ain't easy: this 'Vette requires the help of twin Garrett G35-900 turbochargers boosting 21 psi and a constant flow of M1 methanol to lift the skinny front tires.
In the video, the FuelTech Corvette is seen comfortably pushing into the mid-nine-second range, but the team could unfortunately not break Emelia Hartford's record time of 9.41 seconds. The team did however break the YouTube star's speed record with an impressive velocity of 148.1 mph. In total the team made 14 runs without any major issues, but the most important thing to remember is that we got to see a C8 Corvette lift the front wheels.