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C8 Chevy Corvette Drags Tesla Model 3, Someone Should Have Stayed at Home That Night

Right now, there are very few sports car options on sale in the United States that can compete with the Performance and Plaid versions of Tesla's Model S, 3, X, or Y.
C8 Chevy Corvette vs Tesla Model 3 drag on Wheels Plus 13 photos
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With the Chevrolet Camaro (especially the ZL1) sent into retirement and the Dodge Challenger plus Charger Hellcats gone, it's up to the S650 seventh generation 2024 Ford Mustang GT or Dark Horse, 2024 Nissan Z and Z Nismo, Toyota GR Supra, and especially the C8 Chevy Corvette to try and hold the fort.

Of course, given its price range and especially the new mid-engine configuration, the C8 Corvette is the best-equipped sports car to take down Tesla's EV threats. However, even there, it's a game of chance – the Stingray offers up to 495 horsepower, but unless the driver knows what they're doing, it might still all be futile against an all-wheel drive Tesla at the local quarter-mile dragstrip.

As for the mighty Z06, even its record-breaking FPC credentials are nowhere near enough to match up against the Plaids. However, it's always interesting to see who's got the upper hand between a Tesla Model 3 and a C8 Corvette Stingray. No worries, we have a proper example.

The videographer behind the Wheels Plus channel on YouTube is a big fan of Bandimere Speedway (also known in the NHRA as Thunder Mountain) in Colorado and Mission Raceway Park (also known as Thunder by the River) in Canada, but also loves The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. Over there, the Yin and Yang of the automotive industry met for a quick ICE-powered versus EV clash.

So, the light side was represented by a white Tesla Model 3 sitting in the right lane at The Strip, while the dark side came complete with crimson details on the all-black body of a C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Initially, with its massive instant torque, the Tesla EV had the upper hand and took off slightly faster past the Christmas tree.

However, the C8 quickly came into its own, and it indeed looked like the Model 3 driver either was attempting to pass as a Performance owner while only rocking an RWD model or forgot to keep the pedal pinned to the floor. Ultimately, the Chevy recouped the distance and comfortably took the victory with a roaring 12.29 versus 13.84s success.

Obviously, the devil is in the details, and the secret to C8's success was the higher trap speed of over 114 mph (183 kph) versus Tesla's boring 98 mph (158 kph). Well, it certainly seems like the Model 3 driver was out shopping or enjoying a cruise rather than trying to bring back home the victory laurels. Maybe the C8's dark and menacing demeanor was too intimidating?

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About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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