Watch a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 take on a McLaren 600LT in a quarter-mile drag race.
The ZR1 is undoubtedly an incredible machine. For the low price of just $121,000, you get a car that can go from zero to sixty in 2.85 seconds. Top speed is a blistering 214 mph thanks to a 6.2-L supercharged V8 engine with 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. Carbon fiber aerodynamic bits and pieces lighten the car to just 3,560 lbs while ensuring there’s enough downforce to keep the driver from spinning out into outer space.
And that’s not even getting into the suspension or traction control systems.
A McLaren 600LT, on the other hand, costs twice as much as the Corvette but only provides a fraction of the power. It’s 3.8-L twin-turbo V8 only produces 592 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. However, a carbon fiber chassis and body keep weight down below 3,000 lbs giving it a zero to sixty time of just 2.9 seconds. Top speed is a drag-limited 204 mph.
Both cars are RWD. The McLaren has a fast-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch while the Corvette has an 8-speed automatic. They have similar performance figures, but which would win in a head-to-head competition?
To find out, Hennessey Performance took their ZL1 and 600LT to the test track. This might have something to do with the new 600LT performance upgrades that Hennessey plans to start offering. Call it a hunch.
From a dig, the Corvette had a much better start than the 600LT, whose driver seemed to be asleep at the wheel. Once they put their foot down the 600LT managed to catch up, but couldn’t break into the lead. The Corvette took the race by a nose.
In a rolling race, the Corvette’s superior power just means the 600LT has no chance at all. It rockets ahead without the McLaren showing even a hint of aggression.
Now that we know how a stock 600LT performs against something like the Corvette ZR1, expect Hennessey to showcase their HPE upgrades with future videos spanking the ZR1 in drag and rolling races.