How Fast is a 650-WHP, 2010 Corvette ZR1 in the 1/2-Mile?

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1320Video brings out its C6 ZR1 for a 1/2-mile airstrip event in Colorado. Just how fast is 650 WHP at altitude?

The ZR1 is Chevrolet’s ultimate C6 Corvette. Its supercharged LS9 engine packs a serious punch at 638 horsepower to the crank. Chevy’s engineers even stiffened the C6 chassis to cope with the added power. The ZR1 could only be ordered with a manual transmission and features carbon ceramic brakes as standard. It does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and hits the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds. So, all of this performance should be enough, right? Well, not if you want to win at a half-mile event in 2017.

1320Video's 2010 Corvette ZR1.

Youtube channel 1320Video recently took their 2010 Corvette ZR1 on a bit of adventure. The crew heads to the elevated airstrip near Pike’s Peak, Colorado to compete in SHIFT-S3CTOR’s half-mile event.

1320Video’s ZR1 has a full selection of bolt-on modifications, including a supercharger pulley, intake, heat exchanger, x-pipe, high flow catalytic converters, and a new catch-can breather system. The owner, Kyle, states that his Corvette puts out 650 horsepower to the wheels at 1300 feet of elevation. But the event’s airstrip is at 6,187 feet of elevation and the thinner air could make a big difference in power.

So, how does the supercharged Corvette handle the mountain altitude?

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In this video, we experience this amazing airstrip from behind the wheel of Kyle’s ZR1, running the license plate SPNK BNK. He lines up with a stock looking Nissan GT-R and finds out it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Off the line, the ZR1 is in the lead before the GT-R blows by at an impressive 190 miles per hour. Then, the ZR1 faces off with an 880 horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat on drag slicks. Kyle launches the Corvette and smokes the Mopar sedan. Then after the event, the 1320Video crew take a scenic drive up to the top of world-famous Pike’s Peak. Check out the wonderful sights and sounds of this modified Corvette ZR1 and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Patrick Stevenson is an Internet Brands' contributor to 6SpeedOnline, Honda-Tech, Corvette Forums,, and MBworld. He is also a host on The Motor Affair Podcast.

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