Hennessey Performance Engineering recently got its hands on a 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, which it plans to begin offering tuning upgrade packages for in the very near future. Before the Texas-based tuner begins churning out 1,000-plus horsepower Ram TRXs, though, it has decided to race the truck against one of the most impressive sports cars currently on sale: the C8 Corvette Stingray.
The Ram 1500 TRX comes standard with a supercharged 6.2L Hellcat V8 engine producing 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, which links up to a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. This setup helps the 6,349-pound pickup accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and zip through the quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds at 106.3 mph.
The C8 Corvette Stingray, by comparison, comes with a naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine making 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust equipped. A standard eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive rockets the car from zero to 60 mph in as little as three seconds and takes it through the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 122 mph.
On paper, the C8 Corvette is significantly faster than the Ram 1500 TRX in a straight line, but HPE decided to even the playing field a bit for its little comparison test. The driver of the C8 Corvette appears to leave traction control off for this heads-up drag race, hampering the vehicle’s ability to get off the line quickly and giving the Ram the edge throughout the first 60 feet or so. The Corvette is eventually able to claw its way back and pass the Ram, but the pickup truck’s performance in this race is still admirable.
Check out the video embedded below to see how the C8 Corvette fares in a drag race against the current king of the off-road truck market.