There are multiple variables that play into how fast and/or quick a car is. Things like power, torque, and weight are the more obvious ones, but traction control software, tire width, aerodynamics, the center of gravity, gearing and suspension stiffness, just to name a handful, also make a huge difference with regard to various performance metrics.
So what makes the 2020 Corvette C8 with the optional Z51 package so much faster from 0 to 60 mph than the 2020 Ford Mustang GT500? Jason Fenske of YouTube’s Engineering Explained recently dug into the matter, plugging several of these variables into a variety of equations to try and figure out why the mid-engine Vette can easily out-accelerate the new Mustang GT500, despite it having much less horsepower.
We admit to being surprised at just how fast the 2020 Corvette C8 is from 0 to 60 mph. Equipped with the Z51 performance package, Chevrolet‘s latest iteration of the iconic Corvette nameplate can hustle from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, while Ford claims the GT500 will do the same dance in 3.3 seconds under ideal conditions. This is despite the Corvette making 495 horsepower from its naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine and the GT500 making a significant 760 horsepower from its 5.2-liter supercharged V8.
Before you rush to the comments to say it, weight isn’t the driving factor behind the difference in performance. The Corvette may be lighter than the 4,000-plus-lb. Mustang, but the Ford still has a superior power-to-weight ratio, based on Fenske’s estimate.
As an interesting aside, the 2020 Mustang GT500’s claimed 0-60 mph is nearly the same as the 650-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with the General Motors 10-speed automatic transmission, which Chevy claims will scoot from 0-60 mph in 3.5s. Car and Driver managed to get from 0-60 mph in just 3.4s in their Camaro ZL1 test car, as well.
So what makes the Corvette C8 so quick to 60? We don’t want to ruin the video for you, so check it out embedded below to get the full rundown on what makes the mid-engine Corvette one of the fastest-accelerating cars on the planet.
Source: Ford Authority