A 2015 Corvette Z06 vs Mclaren P1 face-off was captured on the Corvette driver’s performance data recorder, and power of the McLaren is truly unbelievable.
The 2015 Corvette Z06, with a 650 horsepower LT4 engine that generates 650 pounds of torque, is an absolute monster. There’s no doubt about it. There has been some controversy around whether or not the car qualifies as a supercar, but it seems like this criticism stems from one of the car’s greatest assets – its price. If there is one way to rile up a supercar purist, it’s to tell them that a car that meets all of the performance qualifications at an attainable price is in the same league as some of the European exotics. Nonetheless, the Corvette Z06’s performance numbers speak for themselves, and for only $80,000.
However, what happens when the Corvette Z06 meets a legendary hypercar, the McLaren P1, on the track? Well, things get a bit ugly for the American icon. Some people prefer to use supercar as the catch all term for really, really fast cars. Tthere are others that have branched off and began specifying the hypercar classification as well. These cars are typically made completely of extremely lightweight materials. While the Corvette z06 isn’t necessarily heavy at 3,524 pounds, the McLaren P1 weighs an incredibly light 3,074 pounds. Also, did I mention the power plant the McLaren P1 is working with? It’s a 903 horsepower, twin turbocharged V8 mated with an electric motor to really flatten out that torque curve, and you can really see how the weight and power difference plays out on the track. Watch the Z06’s performance data recorder footage and see for yourself how quickly the McLaren P1 widens the gap on the straightaways. This is the future, folks.
The Corvette Z06 owner takes it in stride, though. If anything, he is grateful to have had the opportunity to pit his shiny new toy against the McLaren P1.
Not too long ago, the idea that a stock production car could even have 650 horsepower out of the factory was unheard of. Now, we can have one of our very own for only $80,000, and get burned on the track by 900 horsepower hypercar fantasies.