Until the mid-engine C8 Corvette comes along, the 755-horsepower 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the closest thing in Chevrolet’s stable to the technologically-advanced, limited-run Ford GT supercar, and some comparison is inevitable. The ZR1 already had a triumphant moment earlier this year when it beat the Ford GT’s hot lap at VIRginia International Raceway, mere days after Ford announced its record, and in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Ford GT and Corvette C7.R are fierce competitors, both consistently running at the front of the GT Le Mans field.
All that considered, it’s always exciting to see the two all-American supercars face each other down, and Brooks from DragTimes was happy to oblige in his latest YouTube video. In it, we see what happens when Brooks’ own personal Ford GT squares off against a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in a series of rolling-start drag races. Both cars are factory stock, we gather, with the exception of the ZR1’s aftermarket mid-pipes, which meant the removal of the secondary catalysts.
Yet despite this, and the 100+ extra horsepower the ZR1 ships with from the factory, the Corvette does come with a few disadvantages. For instance, it weighs several hundred pounds more (wet) than the Ford GT, and it doesn’t come equipped with active aerodynamics. This example was even purchased with the optional ginormous rear wing, introducing extra drag and downforce that doesn’t serve much purpose in a straight line. Plus, while the Corvette is no Silverado in terms of frontal area, it does have a bigger profile than the absurdly-short GT.
Can the Corvette ZR1 leverage its abundance of thrust to overcome these disadvantages and best the Ford GT in a contest of straight-line speed? Watch the video above from DragTimes to find out.