So if you are a car person not just Corvette or C8 Corvette I’m sure you have seen by now Tesla launch their new Tesla Model S Plaid edition and are putting up low 9 second quarter mile runs as well as under 1.99 0 to 60 numbers too.
Tesla Plaid Model S Fastest Quarter Mile (1/4) Pass By One of the First 25 Owners
Not only are the new Tesla Plaid performance numbers insane from the factory, there is less headaches worrying about transmissions, mods, ect…
And the Tesla Plaid is beating other production cars like the McLaren P1, McLaren Senna, Porsche GT2 RS, and Lamborghini Huracan at the race track at Leguna Seca
As I mentioned this is the base model C8 currently and there have been talks of a C8 Corvette E-Ray with electric or hybrid technology and the C8 Corvette Zora which based on this Tesla Model S Plaid performance our guess is going to be FULL Electric 1000HP+ to compete. But who knows by then since Chevrolet and General Motors are already having a tough time filling the demand and orders for the base model Stingray Z51 C8 Corvette and it looks like even the C8 Z06 is being pushed back until 2023.
That’s still 2 years away and giving Tesla 2 more years with this Plaid technology leads us to believe its going to be a hard time for any manufacturer to catch up.
Tesla Plaid Event (All the details on the Tesla Plaid Performance (0 to 60, acceleration, 1/4 mile ect…)
PLAID DRAG STRIP TESTING * Tesla Model S Plaid full performance tests
Check out this video by YouTuber “Jaysmizle” where he recorded a Chevrolet Dealer service technician took his car that was in for service over 15 miles and over 100MPH!
He had to bring it back to them after having other electrical and frunk issues and he has about 3k miles on it per his other C8 Corvette videos explaining his experience so far with the car.
C8 Corvette Black Screen of Death
My second 2020 Corvette Malfunction!
Turning my C8 Corvette in for service… AGAIN
Per his C8 video description of the service tech taking over 100MPH:
This video definitely hurt to make….PLEASE hit the like button for more people to see this! I reviewed my PDR because I noticed it had a lot of extra miles on it and what I saw was infuriating.. What will GM or Chevy do about this?? THANK GOD the police/CHP didn’t stop this guy for driving recklessly and impound my car for 30days.
Comparing the C5 and C8 Corvette models is very much like comparing a high-end desk computer available in the 1990s with the Apple iPad available in 2021. In some respects, it’s also a bit of apples vs. oranges since the intent of the C5 design by Chevrolet was very different from where it went with the C8.
A Car Designed for Solving Problems
The C5 Corvette released in 1997 was a paradigm shift for Chevrolet. It needed a corvette that was far more responsive to efficient production expectations, it needed to be a step away from the past and the complexity of builds that became part heavy for the sake of iterations layered on top of each other. The vehicle had to produce a return to power again, something that had frustrated buyers tremendously in the early 1990s and produced very weak vehicles that soured the public’s taste in Chevy performance vehicles.
A key factor of the C5’s success started with its simplicity in design. Using 1,500 less parts than the prior corvette model, the car was going to be far easier to construct, adding a huge benefit on the production side. In terms of physical design, the C5 changed the wheelbase and spread it out further with a flatter windshield, a greater slope in the front to reduce wind drag, and a sleeker look over all. Bottom line, what was a fast car visual became even faster-looking. However, unlike Chevy issues of the early 1990s, the C5 was not just appearance only; it actually produced hard results in terms of power and performance.
The engine block packed in a V8 powerhouse in the form of the LS1 for the base model C5 corvette and LS6 for the Z06. Built as a 5.7 liter assembly, it put out 345 hp. The suspension was beefed up with a Z-51 system as well as a redesign of the brake system that produces a 125-foot stop at 60 mph. The entire car was stabilized structurally with an aluminum tube designed for heavy power stress and torque.
The flagship of the C5 was the Z06 model, which included the LS6 engine package and the FE4 suspension. This particular souped-up design put out an even more powerful 385 hp. Once the additional weight changes were taken off the vehicle, the vehicle was reaching 405 hp by 2002. Again, the C5 was really a package of multiple worlds: production efficiency improvement, sleeker design to match modern expectations, and a respectable power output.
A Power Sports Car Upgrade for the 2020s
The C8 Corvette, released approximately 22 years after the C5, provides a tremendous step up from prior models. Keep in mind, two other model versions had already been designed and built after the C5 and before the C8. With the release of the C8, the Corvette now produced for an owner the 6.2 liter V8 engine based on an LT2 block design, producing 495 hp. It’s a 30 to 35HP increase over the C7 and well up to 150HP increase over the much earlier C5 Corvette.
Interestingly, the C8 is a heavier car. It added almost 200 pounds over the prior C7 model but only about 100 pounds over the C5 which was designed for being light to add speed. However, all of that weight translates to power, which produces a C8 vehicle that jumps to 60 mph in under 3 seconds (2.8 seconds to be exact). It was also a reduction of one second’s time from the fastest C7 clock. In terms of stopping power the C8 arrives from 70 mph to 0 in 149 feet, again an amazing amount of braking power applied at full speed.
The C8 transmission is a departure from previous years in that it will only be produced with an automatic transmission. However, while there’s no manual transmission option going forward, the automatic version is a dual-clutch design, responsive steering wheel paddle control as well as heavily computerized performance.
The C8 transmission is a departure from previous years in that it will only be produced with an automatic transmission. However, while there’s no manual transmission option going forward, the automatic version is a dual-clutch design, responsive steering wheel paddle control as well as heavily computerized performance. The above said, there is still ongoing discussion about a manual version running around and might be in development, but there isn’t a lot of confirmation per se on the matter, more conjecture. It would be an odd departure as well given so much was invested in the commitment to the automatic transmission mode versus prior versions like the T56 transmission and the LS6 compatible packages.
In short, the C8 Corvette and the C5 were both groundbreaking designs for their releases, but to compare the two side-by-side would be silly. Their build intent was very different and they were produced for very different markets and times.
Check out this video made of Gabe Florido’s C8 Corvette which is one of the most popular C8 Corvettes on Instagram. He is the founder of the Car Lifestyle page on Instagram and he hooked up with SchwaaFilms to have this GTA style type video made of his C8 Corvette in Miami.
Per Schwaa Films Video description of the C8 Corvette
So while down in Miami for the R2R rally. I was able to meet up with my friend Gabe who owns CarLifestyle. If you guys remember, years ago I filmed his Camaro.
I’ve been wanting to shoot his C8 for a while, and since I was down in Miami I knew this was the perfect time. Unfortunately since I had spent 4-5 days on the rally shooting non stop, I didn’t have much energy left to go all out on this video.
But best believe there is going to be a part 2, night run video! This car looks sooooo good rolling on the road. Hope you guys enjoy the Miami vibes in this one!
Car owner: @gabeflorido / @carlifestyle on Instagram
MotorTrend has an article talking about the C8 Corvette E-Ray possibly being faster then the C8 Corvette Z06. However, its kind of misleading because possibly it will be faster from a launch from 0 to 60 with hybrid assist motors in the front similar to an Acura NSX.
It will most likely not be faster than a C8 Corvette Z06 overall but perhaps faster then the base C8 Corvette Stingray Z51 base model.
A YouTuber that covers most of the corvette news found on Corvette Blogger or other automotive blogs like ours HorsePower Obsessed covers this story as well as the C8 Corvette wheel issue and possibly a new C8 Corvette SUV that Chevrolet and General Motors is working on.