Vengeance Racing Factory Challenge Corvette ZR1 Battles the Demon
Demon wins two out of three, but the Corvette grabs a win on the slick track.
The video above offers us a look at the Vengeance Racing Factory Challenge from the official YouTube channel of the tuning experts, showcasing the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Vengeance is well-known for building some incredible high performance GM machines and the Georgia-based tuners have big plans for the new LT5, but before beginning the build – they wanted to get some baseline numbers on the drag strip.
What better competitor for the most powerful Corvette of all time than the most drag race-capable American car of all time – the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Vengeance also has plans for the Demon, but while both cars were stock, the shop got them both to the track for some baseline numbers.
As we all know, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is powered by the new LT5 V8, delivering 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque with help from an 8-speed automatic transmission. This C7 puts the power to the ground with a set of 335/25ZR20 Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires and without the driver, the sleek supercar weighs around 3,600 pounds.
The Demon is powered by a supercharged Hemi that delivers 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque with its own 8-speed transmission. The Demon has Nitto NT05R drag radials measuring 315 millimeters as well, but the Dodge weighs some 700 pounds more than the ZR1.
The Demon has a substantial advantage in power, but the Corvette is far lighter and more aerodynamic, making this an interesting series of races.
A Night on a Slick Track
Before getting into the numbers run by each of these cars in the quarter mile, we should point a few things out. According to the details, the Density Altitude was around 3,000 when these runs were filmed and track prep was very poor, so the conditions were fairly poor. On most runs, both cars were pulling horrifically-bad two-second 60-foot times leading to poor elapsed times, but these runs still make for some exciting footage between two of America’s greatest new performance cars.
On the first run, the Demon gets out a little better, running an 11.76 at 127 to the Vette’s 11.96 at 126, but on the second run, the roles are reversed when the ZR1 gets the better launch – wining with an 11.76 to the Demon’s 11.98.
Finally, on the third run, the two went head-to-head in the dark on an even slicker track. On this run, the Demon got out a bit better, but traction was a mess for both cars – leading the Dodge to win with a balmy 12.01 to the Corvette’s 12.08. We have seen much stronger results for the new ZR1 in the forums.
From here, Vengeance Racing will begin their build of both cars and when completed, we can expect much quicker times from both cars. In the meantime, crank up your speakers and enjoy these baseline battles.