The Dodge Viper may be extinct, but America is still well-represented in the supercar community by the Ford GT and, more recently, the 2019 Corvette ZR1. Nationality is about the only thing the Ford GT and Corvette ZR1 have in common, though.
As you likely already know, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 is powered by General Motors’ 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 engine, which is rated at 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed manual or eight-speed slushbox automatic, with Chevy claiming a 0-60 mph time of 2.85s and a top speed of 212 mph. An optional ZTK Performance Package is also available, adding sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and a downforce-heavy aerodynamics package.
Designed to tackle endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona, the Ford GT has a slippery body with a mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that is good for 650 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels and enables a 0-60 mph time of around 3.0s and a top speed of 216 mph. Its carbon fiber chassis, active aerodynamics and sophisticated air suspension are also indicative of its track-bred roots.
America’s supercars take two different approaches to performance, then, but which one works better in the real world? YouTube channel DragTimes recently pitted a Ford GT against a 2019 Corvette ZR1 with the ZTK Performance Package in a drag race and a roll race to see which car has the advantage in a straight line. The Corvette has more power, but with the ZTK Package’s rear wing causing drag and its FR layout posing potential traction problems, the Ford GT could have an advantage.
Check out the video above to see which domestic supercar reigns supreme in a drag race and roll race.
Photos via DragTimes on YouTube