While most of us associate drag racing with a distance of 1320 feet, there are some people out there who aren’t satisfied with such a short run. For those folks, the influx of standing mile race events has been a welcomed addition to the sport. It’s a field dominated by huge horsepower and exotic metal, but that doesn’t mean that more accessible cars can’t compete. Take this 2002 Corvette Z06 for example, which is an absolute monster.
The C5 Z06 was a huge stepping point for the Corvette. Powered by a 5.7L LS6 V8 engine, the more hardcore Corvette was able to push out 405 horsepower and deliver great on track performance. The car was quick by every metric, and remains one of the best performance bargains on the used market today. Whereas the standard car is a stout machine, this highly modified example is on a whole other level.
Instead of the standard 405 horsepower output, this particular Corvette Z06 featured on the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds YouTube channel is now pushing 900 rear-wheel-horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque, courtesy of its 6.2L twin-turbo LS engine. All of that power is run through a six-speed manual transmission, and some weight saving measures like carbon fenders have brought the weight down to 3050 pounds. The end result is a car that will smoke most supercars.
The video highlights the cars furious exhaust note, which can only be matched by the Vette’s power delivery down the runway. Once the driver is into third gear, the car just continues to just pull harder and harder. The speed in which the car tackles the 70 to 140 mph delta is obscene. The speed it then goes from 140 to well over 200 mph is nothing but supercar-smashing. Before the end of the mile-long run, the Corvette Z06 was able to spin all the way up to 212 mph. That’s quite a step on from the car’s original top speed of 180 mph.