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There’s Also A Dyno Run

2020 Corvette

2020 Corvette Stingray deliveries have been happening for less than a week now, and yet here we are. In seemingly no time at all, a tuning company has already managed to get ahold of one, strap it to a dyno, and set it up for quarter-mile speed runs. It probably won’t slay any Demons, however.

This seems to be a properly vetted dyno run here, unlike what happened late last year, based on the outcome. Below is the stock 2020 Corvette Stingray testing at 440 hp and 408 lb-ft to the rear wheels with just 20 miles on the odometer. And remember, the 2020 Corvette limits the fun for the first 500 miles, so power will likely rise once the car is broken in a bit more.

It doesn’t stop there. Shortly after, Carlyle Racing fitted a set of Mickey Thompson drag radials on the mid-engined 2020 Corvette Stingray to set it up for the ever-important quarter mile. It also appears that any type of rear wing that it may have came with has been removed to make the C8 even more slippery at high speeds. And before we all get upset that somebody went out and did this to a sports car reimagined for superior road course performance, remember that a mid-engine setup helps with drag racing, too. There’s now more weight over the rear wheels than before, which helps put the power down more effectively. Even top fuel dragsters put the engine behind the driver, and have done so for decades.

Then there’s the nitrous tank in the frunk. It’s hard to tell if it’s actually hooked up to anything, or if the Corvette’s ECU will even let this happen, but in any case, we’re certainly as curious. Hopefully testing happens soon, as now the whole enthusiast community is watching.

2020 Corvette

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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