Shortly after the Chevrolet Corvette C8 arrived in 2019, we began to see tons of power upgrades for sale in the aftermarket. However, thanks to a tough ECU, tuning the mid-engined Corvette has proven quite difficult for most. However, Emelia Hartford on YouTube has managed to do it, creating the world’s fastest twin-turbocharged C8.
A new drag race posted on the Hoonigan YouTube channel sees the turbocharged Vette facing off against a Porsche Taycan Turbo S. After several races, we get to see how the present stacks up against what is undoubtedly the future.
Can a twin-turbo Chevrolet Corvette C8 keep up with a Turbo S?
Before we dive into this latest Chevrolet Corvette C8 vs. Porsche Taycan Turbo S drag race, let’s see how they stack up on paper. As mentioned before, this Vette is severely modified with a bespoke twin-turbo system. Based on Hartford’s previous posts on YouTube, we know that this mid-engined sports car develops well over 1,000 hp.
Regardless, this Chevrolet Corvette C8 still features its standard eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. All of that available power goes to the rear wheels exclusively. To make sure this Vette could put the power down, Hartford added stickier tires and smaller drag racing wheels.
In contrast, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S presented in this latest video features no modifications at all. In fact, the driver of this EV boasts about having seat warmers during the various races.
According to Car and Driver, this means we’re looking at an EV with at least 750 hp and 774 lb-ft. Power goes to all four wheels via two electric motors on each axle. This allows the Porsche to reach 60 mph in as little as 2.4 seconds.
Spoiler alert: the turbocharged one wins
To see how the Chevrolet Corvette C8 stacks up against the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, Hoonigan opted to run a few races with varying lengths. The first race spanned 1,000 ft on an unused runway.
From the video, you can clearly see that the Porsche gets the jump on the Corvette. Since all of the Taycan’s power comes in at essentially zero rpm, the EV takes off, leaving the Corvette behind. However, as the race nears its end, we see the C8 catching up quite quickly.
The second race favors the Chevrolet Corvette C8 since it is now 1,500 ft. Based on how the Taycan Turbo S delivers its massive power output, it tends to do better off the line but slows down at higher speeds. Given this, the C8 manages to take the lead as the speeds go up, eventually winning the race.
Can you modify an electric car?
In the final race, we see the Chevrolet Corvette C8 and the Turbo S return to the shorter 1,000-ft configuration. Regardless, the C8 managed to take the win after getting a much better launch. While this is undoubtedly a win for internal combustion, it raises some major questions.
While the C8 owner can buy more modifications to gain more speed, there isn’t much the Turbo S owner can do. Since you can’t exactly tune an electric car or add additional electric motors, you’re forever stuck with the standard hp output. Regardless, whether the future is electric or gas-powered, it’ll be fast.