Remember when the 638 horsepower Corvette ZR1 was the end-all, be-all of American performance cars? For a brief, glorious moment in the history of the automobile, the ZR1 was the most powerful sports car you could get from one of the Big Three. That ended with the introduction of the Shelby GT500 and later, the Challenger Hellcat, but the ZR1 didn’t just go quietly into the night.
Quite the contrary, in fact, as ZR1 owners continue to show up to track days and lay down some serious rubber. Word has it that the 1,000 horsepower monster in the video above has set a new record in the half-mile for a Corvette that still retains its original LS9 motor.
Taking even the 638 horsepower LS9 motor up to 1,000 horsepower is no small matter, however, requiring numerous upgrades that includes more boost, better flowing cylinder heads, and an exhaust system that positively sings as the ZR1 takes off. Such a setup can make short work of the quarter-mile, but in a half-mile run as seen here, the ZR1 can really let loose and leave the competition far, far behind.
The owner, Greg, makes short work of other powerful cars, including a BMW M performance model and its successor, a new Corvette C7 (possibly even a supercharged Z06 model). Achieving trap speeds as high as 190 MPH, this older Corvette shows that it still has plenty to teach the new generation of Chevy sports cars. Even better, Corvette ZR1s are becoming cheaper by the day, giving a whole new class of performance enthusiasts access to one of the best sports cars GM has ever built.