Watch a Ford GT take on a 2019 Corvette ZR1 in drag race action at Wannagofast.
Here’s a matchup that we rarely get to see: two American juggernauts duking it out for domestic supremacy.
On the right, we have the 2018 Ford GT in bright yellow. Under the hood is a 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine with 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, with zero to sixty taking just 2.8 seconds. Top speed is a blistering 216 mph.
On the left, we have the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. This time we get a massive 6.5-L supercharged LT5 V8 engine with a massive 755 hp and 715 lb-ft. Power goes to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission with zero to sixty taking 2.85 seconds. Top speed is right there with the GT at 214 mph.
The GT is about 200 lbs lighter than the Corvette, and turbochargers tend to be less finicky than superchargers in the hot Florida weather. Is that enough to overcome the 100 horsepower difference?
In our first race, we see the GT gearing up by getting into V-Max mode. This lowers the car 2 inches and prevents the rear wing from rising up except during breaking for maximum speed. The Corvette doesn’t have such an option, and the best the driver could do is remove the rear wing to save some weight and reduce drag.
But what really kills it is the launch. The Ford GT has a perfect launch off the line and leaves the Corvette in the dust. We can hear the two drivers exchange a few words at the end where the ‘Vette admits to having trouble with his launch control and spinning badly off the line.
The GT finished at 158.5 mph, while the ZR1 finished at 154.32 mph.
In the second race, the Corvette faired a little better. They did a rolling race at 40 mph where launch control and wheel-spin wouldn’t be a factor. Still, the GT crawled ahead and outpaced the Corvette despite the ZR1 having a better start.
Would the removal of the rear wing have helped the ZR1’s chances? Certainly, at least a bit. But keep in mind, the ZR1 is a car that costs a fraction of the GT’s half-a-million price tag. Getting anywhere in the same zip code is a win for the Corvette.