Texas-based tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering is all about making fast cars go faster, offering a variety of impressive packages that up output levels to crazy new heights. However, before the mods go in, Hennessey likes to run a baseline acceleration test to make sure everything is up to snuff, which makes for some interesting comparisons – such as the Chevy Corvette ZR1 versus Shelby Mustang GT500 drag race battle seen here.
Both vehicles featured here are stock, making for one very interesting comparison with regard to straight-line speed. In the white corner, we have the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Convertible, which arrives at the party with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT5, producing a whopping 755 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 715 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. All that muscle is routed rearwards through either a seven-speed manual transmission, or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic, with this particular example equipped with the latter.
Moving over to the blue corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, which counters the Chevy Corvette ZR1 with a supercharged 5.2L V8 pumping out 760 horsepower at 7,300 rpm and 625 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Sending the power to the rear tires in the Shelby is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
On paper, the Chevy Corvette ZR1 looks to have a leg up on the Mustang, with roughly equivalent peak power and an additional 90 pound-feet of torque. However, there’s also a significant weight difference, with the Vette shedding about 640 pounds compared to the Mustang.
However, that’s all just numbers. What’s important here is what happens when these two monsters hit the straightaway with the throttle buried into the carpet, as the folks at Hennessey prove multiple times in the following four-minute video.
Post your predictions in the comments, then hit play and watch it all go down.