In this world exclusive, we drag race the first-ever hybrid, four-wheel-drive Corvette E-Ray against two Italian supercars: the Ferrari F8 and Lamborghini Huracan Evo.
The comparison should bring out the inner track-test geek in all petrolheads. Here, we are witnessing rear-wheel drive take on four-wheel drive; instant on-demand torque from an electric motor vie against ever-so-slightly-sleepy turbochargers; and once the cars get up and running, we’ll see how power-to-weight plays a significant part in any car’s accelerative abilities.
The new E-Ray version of the C8 Corvette – the first mid-engined ‘Vette – is the heaviest of the three contenders, at almost 1800kg. But it is also the first four-wheel drive Corvette. Is the 2024 Corvette E-Ray quicker than the super-hot, track-ready Corvette Z06? We explore that using numbers generated from the last episode of Drag Race Replay, where the Z06 beat a Porsche 911 GT3 (992), an Audi R8 V10 Performance, and almost kept up with a Ducati Panigale V4 SP2.
Using his signature time-freeze technique, veteran automotive journalist Jason Cammisa shows us the outcome of the race and explains how it happened by walking back through slow-mo time at the finish line.
The Corvette E-Ray combines the Z06’s wide body with the base Stingray’s 6.2-litre LS2 V8 and a front-mounted, 160bhp electric motor. Launches are now wheelspin-free, and the E-Ray rockets from 0-60 in just 2.4 seconds – making this the quickest Corvette over that yardstick in history.
It’s a very quick sign of things to come!
Special thanks to Falcon Car Rental!