2020 GT500 VS C8 CORVETTE - ON TRACK COMPARISON (Lap Breakdown)Jun 10, 2021
Here we are at Drill Springs International Raceway, we have the new
gt500and the new Corvette c8. Today we'll find out which
trackwill be the best
trackor, if you're an average track enthusiast, which one is a little easier to drive fast and just more fun. I know you're thinking this
comparisonis a little crazy because one car is front engined, the other is mid engined, one is supercharged, 760 horsepower and the other is naturally aspirated, 495. However, they couldn't be more different, right? Think about it this way, I paid $82,000 for my Corvette c8 and I paid 81k for my
2020GT500 so technically they are very similar in price and also a lot of people have reached out to me asking, hey I'm in the market.
For a new high-performance vehicle, which one should you buy? The new GT 500 or the first mid-engined Corvette. It's a tough choice, so here's the deal. I want to show you how these two cars perform and compare them on the race track. your average track enthusiast now in the next video I'm going to show you hot laps of both cars to show you which one is actually faster, but in this episode I really want to look at the handling characteristics and also my first impressions from tracking these two cars. at Willow Springs Raceway for the first time right away, let's get started with the new GT500.
I'll be completely honest with you, I only used front-engine, rear-wheel drive vehicles. I have always lifted front engine vehicles and even personally follow my Shelby, which again has our particular front engine and rear wheel drive. I am very used to the s550 platform. I've followed the GT 350 so many times, dozens of times, and the GT 500 takes what the 350 is and takes it to the next. level the same handling but with a lot more horsepower hundreds of hours bars I wasn't sure what to expect because anyway for the first time I had a DCT on the track on the frontstretch we were going over 150 miles per hour.
That's crazy in that supercar territory and let's go Shelby Mustang. Now here's where the brakes get interesting. This new
gt500has 16 1/2 inch brakes on the front and there is a reason why the gt500 needs such big brakes the so called car is on the heavier side so with the driving of the car you are seeing over 4,200 pounds total and that's why the brakes on this new Shelby are 16 1/2 inches, they are powerful. I mean, the bite, the instant bite is crazy throughout the car. It lunges forward, you even feel like you're going up in the air and your driver is easy because the hood goes down, the bike is always there and it's usually always right away, here comes my complaint, now I'm braking with the Shelby.
I do not do it. I don't feel as in tune with them as I did with the GT 350s, so I have a hard time modulating the brake pressure because a bite is too powerful for the first corner. I don't want to slow down too much, but sometimes I find myself. By doing it anyway, by slowing down into turn one we easily maintain 80 miles per hour which is very good for the tires of a ps4 car and this is where the gt500 destroys all cars in its class, the force brutal acceleration coming out of a corner, so go and come back.
I want to turn it's like nothing it's like a boom I'm already there coming to turn - this is another interesting corner just lightly brush the brake just to grab the front the corner in the idea with turn two is the one you want to hold at least 80 miles per hour on some cars can go over 90 so the Shelby gt350r has I can easily maintain 90 in this corner with this gt500, I can't and I think it's because of the tires again. PS4 tires, as I mentioned above, the front end grip is always there, however, the rear end grip is what you need to worry about because once they started going higher and higher in the speeds, I find that the rear end starts to slide under me now on the track. mode which is about the one I'm always driving in, it turns out that traction control to some extent I personally feel like the base model needs a little more downforce on the rear to keep the rear planted and these tires stickier, now on to the next point, the trailer braking really allows the car to turn hard, so continue on to turn three and four, the car corners hard and fast, it feels planted however, in the corner four I don't feel like I can carry as much speed as I should.
With other cars, you can feel the car weighing 4,200 pounds during slow, low-speed corners, that's when it really hits. I think the one thing that is always evident with this new Shelby is the front end and the grip. Say you're cornering too fast or going too wide and you'll miss the apex, you can easily hit the brake and slow the car down a bit more, as I've said numerous times, this vehicle loves to turn. In corners, if you have new tires, accelerate, it couldn't be easier. You can go full throttle up this hill with 760 or power and reduce the power whenever you find that you are golden the entire way. going down to turn five this is a good test for the brakes again, but it gets slippery down here going downhill.
It is more difficult for me to take the car to UM, be careful and going six for the hump is incomplete because you are going 90 or so. miles per hour at the top of the hump or crest and if you keep the throttle full you can easily go off the race track, so for most cars that have higher power you may want to ease off the throttle a little bit. until you finish. and get over that hump at the top of the hill for turn six anyway get back to the neck right away you find that power easily just by pushing the gt500 incredibly fast and here we are for turn eight now this is where I want you to focus a lot on the gt500 suspension you will notice these bumps and rivets in the ground.
Now during this section of the track it gets extremely bumpy and I think it's a good place to draw to understand the handling characteristics of each car, how they are composed now. base model gt500 I found myself flying everywhere the suspension is not as tight as the gt350r I feel like the base model gt500 is more tuned for the street now the steering in track mode is nice like I've heard other cars out there so you see my steering and you're affected because I'm flying over my seat, that really upsets the balance of the car, from what I'm told, the track package will fix this problem and then go back to this exchange while you.
You're revving all the way up to 150 miles per hour overall, how can I sum up this new GT500 as a track car? It really hits you once you start going lap after lap, which is why the GT500 is without a doubt the most expensive track car I own. I have ever had it now after a full session. I've almost used a full tank of gas. This one appeals to the fact that you spend a lot of time at the gas pump alone in Blunt. The gt500 is not an easy car to drive fast. It is not.
The vehicle you need to build confidence with at least with the base model is and once the tires get too hot or once they're going bald the vehicle just wants to kick you out from under you, you're constantly fighting to put that power down . to the ground, front end grip is great, but it just wants to go all over the place, that's what I'm noticing, so it can turn very well, but to get to Toronto, look for the back end, I want to go all over sides again. this is the base model it has more conferences than the shelby gt350 I would say no 100% I would say no I still like it of course yes this car is amazing on the race track it is so good now let's move on to the CA Corvette there is one thing I want to make very clear: the new CA Corvette feels like a glove it's like putting on your own glove sitting in it is perfect honestly it's perfect the seating position couldn't be better and the view the visibility around you It's excellent, you feel like you're sitting in a McLaren 570s for a Lamborghini Huracan, the front windshield is long and almost horizontal, the front 10 is short, you don't even see the hood and you have that engine right behind you. improves rear grip when comparing the new CA Corvette to the GT500 when it comes to downforce, the CA actually has the handling package that the GT500 outperforms, the seat is rated at two pounds of downforce and the GT500 with the handling package including a flat stretcher and front splitter whicker is rated at 379, now that the CA is lighter and the Ugandan 1000 has more grip when hitting the track for the first time.
I made sure to put the car in race mode, which is a secondary setting in track mode. This setting disables all traction control. I want to do this because I wanted to try to get a good feel for the car itself, how it feels when it kicks under you, is it easy to manipulate the control to catch it, so that's what I did. now here we go here's a lap in the new CA Corvette on the main front stretcher going up to 140 miles per hour and hitting the brakes now hurts, lots of complaints online about the brakes being electronic but even though they are brakes by cable, still works great the brake bite was easy to modulate very easy I found myself braking later my confidence was always there I never worried about slowing this car down I felt in tune with the brakes which based on feel, I could slow down easily.
I lowered the car and prepared myself perfectly for turn one. Now for turn one, we're holding over 80 miles per hour, which is incredible. I'm beyond impressed with that's the base model Corvette, it has PS fork tires, well you know it's back. On the track, they are not the base models in the z51 package, the highest performance variant of the new CA Corvettes, but it still felt so planted that it gives you pure confidence when driving the car, it feels like a kart because when Turning a corner you realize that right behind you, that rear end is going nowhere, so I don't like the new Shelby.
I don't know where the car slid from under the rear of the gt500, it feels pretty light, or this car doesn't. On the straight road between turn one and the turn, we see a Corvette still accelerating quite quickly, we are reaching 110 miles per hour, we just apply a slight twist on the brake, the car turns easily. I don't notice any understeer on this. part of the track and getting back to the car is fantastic originally. I started in about the mid 80's on this turn and after each lap my confidence continued to increase rapidly, the next thing I knew I was holding over 90 miles per hour into turn two. that's phenomenal.
No, I'm not kidding, over 90 miles per hour with this car from having PS 4 tires, without a doubt, seeing a Corvette in the corners harder and faster than the base model gt500, in my experience, at least it's a lot more easy. take the corners fast in this car, the mechanical grip is amazing, that's because the center of gravity is very low and right behind you, so the car just hugs the corners, which cars can handle at Over 90 miles per hour in turns two, well the 720 does that, the ZR1 does that. the gt2 RS does that, that's the premium territory that Xing turned to.
I feel the downforce working with the new CA Corvette. I feel the engine behind me, so I can accelerate very early and go all the way and then keep going. prepared for turn three just before the braking zone in turn three we are reaching almost the same speed as a gt500 we are only a few miles per hour now this is where it gets interesting you notice a tire squeal due to the operation of the ABS On my first outing I was caught off guard. I thought, "Oh my God, are the brakes locking up or something?" On a dime, as long as you break the record for the ABS, it stops very well and with getting used to it, the learning curve isn't too steep.
Another thing that was interesting. Track braking really helped turning to see a Corvette through 2 corners. 3 now. in turn 4 sometimes if my line was off line I found the car was under steering and pushing me out now obviously I can easily fix this key back on the throttle the car just puts the power down because ITA is right behind you, that explosion allows you to go full throttle. turn four to five goes up to more than 90 miles per hour brakes hard again turns the car for turn five going up to six has the same speed as our hit with the new Shelby the C a
corvettecarves the curves and the Shelby erases the straights, that's why they are so close to each other at these points, they barely release the accelerator, it's a little bit and the car maintains a lot of speed in turn six, screw that humps and then we are on the straight. to turn seven and eight remember we're talking about how the new shelby gt500 had so many bumps in the corner look how smooth and tame the c8 is right here my steering wheel barely moves the car is absorbing every bump in a the feeling isextremely planted.
I personally find that the suspension in track mode with the CA Corvette is able to handle these bumps better than the Shelby, as a result we carry more speed driving the CEA Corvette and the new gt500 in the rear, you notice that too. The steering feel with the Corvette is much heavier and I mean, it is much heavier. I think this heavier steering feel keeps my steering inputs to a minimum overall in the new Corvette, it's a much more accessible car to drive fast when you let go. under you, although it is not as forgiving as a Shelby, since the Shelby is its traditional front-engine rear-drive layout, it is much easier to grasp and maintain control in the mid-engine, now it is something to owe getting used to being naturally aspirated and being despite how light it is, the car feels balanced when you think about it, it's a very different experience than the new gt500, the gt500 is brute force, the new cea is like a precision instrument , now it will be the phone. a side by side lap between the ca and the gt500 now stay with me these were not the fast laps these were just I chose these lots because the lap times are very similar to each other and I want to show you how the new gt500 conquers it slaps compared to the CA the different methods being used now I hope you enjoyed this video of how these two cars compare when it comes to handling on the track your average track enthusiast the seat is a car More accessible for driving fast the GT500 is the kind of vehicle that, if you're handy, you can get into to score some incredibly fast lap times.
Stay tuned for part two, which will be a much smaller version of this being that shows fast lap times, which one is faster. auto at Willow Springs, if you didn't like this detailed styling video, please like it and also leave me a comment in the comments section below, be sure to subscribe for much more great content about gt500 and c8
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