Would you spend $40,000 on a drag-racing Corvette?
The 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-litre V8 making 495 hp and 470 torques, it does 0-60 in 3 seconds and can reportedly cover the quarter-mile run in 11.3 seconds. That's great value for money when you consider its US price tag of just $58,900. Alternatively, you can buy a proper Corvette drag racer on RacingJunk in Quebec, which is more or less the equivalent of eBay for people who like car racing for about $40,000.
The car you see here is fitted with Suncoast fibre-glass body, which means it is a lot lighter than the standard C5, it only weighs 2,300 pounds (1,040 kg), and it has a certified quarter-mile time of 7.5 seconds. And that's just beyond words. At the time of writing, it had a $38,500 price tag attached to it. That's a lot of bang for your buck.
It's powered by a big block Chevy V8, coupled with Powerglide transmission, and it features coilover suspension with Strange double adjustable shock and spring, and Wilwood disc brakes. And you're going to need good brakes considering how fast this car accelerates. The C5 was also equipped with a transmission cooler by Moroso, to keep the gearbox from overheating, and a full roll cage.
Even though this C5 has been around since 2007, it's only done around 100 runs and it's been on sale for over two years. If you bought the car, you'd naturally have to service it and maintain it as well, which can be costly. It'd much easier and cheaper to rent it for whatever a drag race "hot lap", or buy a drag racer made of Lego. I guess that's probably the reason why these cars are relatively cheap but still hard to sell.
What do you say, would you buy an actual drag racer?