We’ve already shared videos with our readers of heavily modified examples of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 making 9.5s passes (and even sub-9s passes) at the drag strip. While certainly impressive, it’s almost a given that a lightweight car tuned by a company like Hennessey will run deep into the 9s in the hands of the right driver.
Now we’ve stumbled across a 2019 Corvette ZR1 quarter-mile record that is a bit more surprising. According to Corvette Online, Will Farmer managed to lay down a 9.84-second pass at 142.79 mph in his stock 2019 Corvette ZR1. The only modification he made to the car is the Chevrolet Performance cold air intake, which is available for the LT1, LT4 and LT5 Small Block V8 engines. It allegedly adds as much as 17 horsepower to the LT5 engine, and Farmer’s tests confirm a noticeable performance improvement. Prior to installing the factory General Motors intake, Farmer’s fastest pass in the car was a 9.93s at 140.30 mph.
Not only does the intake provide a surprising performance boost for what it is, it doesn’t void the factory warranty of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 or any other C7 Corvette.
Farmer wasn’t done yet, though. Curious just how fast they could get a 2019 Corvette ZR1 with a stock powertrain to go, his Farmer Machine Co Racing team removed the car’s small rear wing (it was not ordered with the ZTK Performance Package) and took out the passenger seat. This resulted in an incredible 9.64 pass at 147.15 mph. As Corvette Online points out, this is faster than the fastest recorded time for a stock Dodge Challenger Demon, which sits at 9.65s.
Check out the pass in the video embedded above.
Source: Corvette Online