With its new mid-engine platform and high-powered V8, there’s no doubt that the 2020 Corvette is one helluva performance machine. That said, some folks still want to see what the C8 will do on a racetrack when compared to a worthy competitor, say the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. As it just so happens, YouTuber Speed Phenom is on point with just such a comparison, taking both sports cars to Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California for some hot laps.
The video clocks in at just over 10 minutes long, providing plenty of opportunities to see what these two machines will do. The specs for both are certainly impressive, with the 2020 Corvette doling out 495 horsepower from its naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2. Meanwhile, the GT500 throws down with 760 horsepower thanks to a supercharged 5.2L V8.
However, while the Mustang has the power advantage, the 2020 Corvette has the weight advantage, cutting about 600 pounds compared to the portly Ford. The different drivetrain layouts also make a difference, with the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette shifting the heft over the rear wheels, and the front-engine Mustang offering more front-end grip.
As Speed Phenom points out, these two sports cars are completely different animals, and they cater to completely different audiences – Chevrolet fans will spring for the 2020 Corvette, while Ford Fans would go for the Mustang. The question is: which is quicker on the racetrack?
With that, Speed Phenom takes to the track, providing a side-by-side comparison as he clips the apexes. Clearly, this young man knows what he’s doing behind the wheel, wringing out as much speed as he can.
The end result is interesting, and for those readers who just want to know the final times, skip ahead to the 3-minute, 16-second mark. However, for those folks craving a little more nuance, stick around, as Speed Phenom does a good job dissecting the character of both the 2020 Corvette and the 2020 Shelby GT500.