In the latest video from Horsepower Obsessed he breaks an Axle drag racing his C8 Corvette.
His first run against a 2006 Z06 that ran a 11.3 was one of his best yet a 11.5 in the quarter mile but when he tried to line up again he broke an Axle which the C8 Corvettes are known to do especially with drag racing.
He knew right away it was an Axle “because they are weak” and the car was fine otherwise and still driving.
I BROKE my C8 Corvette! THIS part is VERY weak from factory.
Back when they first came out and someone added NOS they broke the Axle on the C8 Corvette as well as you can see in the video below.
Also, we have heard from a Chevy Dealer that there has been a lot of the axles blow out especially at the boot vs the actual shaft breaking.
Worlds First Broken C8 Corvette!
The best thing you can do if you are going to drag race your C8 Corvette or run a ton of launch control launches over time is to upgrade the C8 Corvette Axles. There is an aftermarket Axle many C8 Corvette owners have used from Cicio Performance to Emelia Hartford and they used Driveshaft Shop 1400HP Axles.
GM sells the part for $250 vs. upgraded axles run over $1000.
Driveshaft Shop C8 Corvette Rear Axle Upgrade!!
RESULT of my BROKEN C8 Corvette. My experience with GM’s warranty repair.
Update on Corvette C8 Axles breaking
Ok it’s now 2022 and here is another C8 Corvette with a broken Axle from launching it at a drag strip. As you see it had to get towed but there is good news.
BROKE MY C8 Corvette! (C8 Corvette Axle Breaks)
As you can see GM and Chevrolet took take of the Axle under warranty for the customer and for the most part we have see over 90% of things braking on the C8 Corvette covered under warranty with no problems.
GM is Fixing Everything on MY C8 Corvette!! (Axle and interior peeling and coming apart on C8)
Another thing to consider is GM and Chevrolet made the Corvette C8 Axle a weak point on purpose so doing launch after launch as most do to get the best zero to sixty 0 to 60) times on the C8 Corvette under 3 seconds wouldn’t let that brunt force go up the drivetrain and blow a transmission.
Source credit: Stingray Chevrolet
C8 Corvette 0-60 mph of 2.9 seconds. Top track speed of 194 mph. 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. 15 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.