C7 Stingray Sets New 8-Second Record At LS-Fest

The Holley LS Fest (East) was held this past weekend at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A festival for all things LS and LT, the event proved to the world that the small-block Chevy engine is far from antiquated. This video from 1320 Video shows some of the engine’s capability.

In full disclosure, records were broken, and so were a few parts. When pushing a car to the limit, sometimes that occurs before you reach the finish line, but if you’re lucky like the owner of this white Stingray Corvette, you may have enough in the bag to still carry home a record run.

Z06s and Stingrays fill in the lineup and staging lanes.

The Late Model Racecraft-prepared C7 was obviously highly modified. They offer packages for the C7 that range from 530 horsepower to almost double that amount. We’d figure that this particular car is at least maxed out in that regard. Other modifications reportedly included a powerglide trans, so the drivetrain is as modified as the engine. But it sure does run!

The Z06 gets the jump on the Stingray, but as you can see, it’s well-equipped to make up the difference early in the run.

In the video, you can see that those huge rear tires that stick out from the wheel wells give enough stick to pull the front wheels during launch. From there, it’s sucking air and fuel to try keep ahead of the grey Z06 of Justin Keith in the other lane. At around 1,000 feet, the car lays over and reportedly, a front seal is the cause for the smoke.

At the big end, things get a little hairy as smoke starts to plume from the C7 around the 1,000 foot marker. Reportedly, a front seal failure was the cause.

Even so, the run is enough to cut the time well into the 8s with an 8.05 @164mph. That’s moving folks! Even so, with the potential for more and a seven-second run just a click away, we know that it won’t be long before we’re hearing of another amazingly-fast run as folks try to be the first into the sevens with their C7s!

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Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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