The 9-second quarter-mile Corvette C8 was kicked out of the drag race for being too fast
YouTuber Emelia Hartford and her vicious Corvette C8 have recently become talking points in the automotive community. Hartford and its eighth-generation Vette have been everyday partners – perhaps most notably when its engine exploded under the sheer pressure of twin turbos. Now, however, the Chevrolet has been revived from the embers as the “Phoenix,” one of the fastest C8s on the planet.
Four months into the start of 2021, Hartford decided to head to Las Vegas with Phoenix and a 1500 horsepower Buick Regal (formerly owned by his grandmother) named “Mimi” to do some errands at LS Fest West, an event. dedicated to LS and LT V8- motorized beasts. While being convinced that his convoy of 2,500 horses would cause a scene, things didn’t quite go as planned.
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The first day came to nothing as strong cross winds deemed it dangerous to run, forcing the organizers to suspend the race. On day two, Hartford and “Mimi” scored a few points on the track, and the twin-turbo Buick clocked its best time in 11.47 seconds. Admittedly, nowhere near as fast as the C8, but respectable nonetheless.
When Phoenix took the stage, everything went wrong. You see, this Las Vegas strip is NHRA certified, which means cars that can complete the drag strip in under 10 seconds require a roll cage, harness, and special license to be legal. Having already been flagged, Hartford was allowed to run as long as she kept the timing over ten seconds.
Having turned things down and limiting the boost, that was the plan. But as the double-snail Vette crossed the finish line, the clock showed 9.71 seconds. Naturally, officials weren’t amused and Hartford and Phoenix were disqualified and banned from the event. While we suspect there may have been some harsh words from the marshals, there are probably worse ways to leave a track than to be disqualified for being too quick.