The era of classic American muscle cars came to an end in the 1970s. The oil crisis that hit the U.S. forced automakers to shift their focus away from developing eight-cylinder engines and reducing fuel consumption. These days, however, there are still fans of the V8 under the hood. A new video posted on the YouTube channel Cars And Zebras shows this. The main characters in the video are a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette and a 46-year-old Pontiac Firebird, battling it out in a quarter-mile race.
The Chevrolet Corvette is equipped with a 5.7-liter gasoline V8 engine, which produces 250 horsepower and 368 Nm. As for the Pontiac Firebird, the sports car is powered by a 185-horsepower, eight-cylinder six-liter engine. Despite the serious size of the units, both muscle cars can’t boast incredible speed performance. Especially nowadays.
The rare cars held two drag races. In the first race, the Firebird ran the quarter-mile in 17.19 seconds, beating the Corvette by more than a second. The Pontiac had a top speed of 116 kilometers per hour, while the Chevrolet did 126 kilometers per hour.
The second race also ended with the victory of the Firebird. The muscle car had an even better result, finishing the race in 16.6 seconds, breaking 134 kilometers per hour.
At the end of March, an unusual drag race took place in the USA, which brought together the fastest production pickups in the world. Ram 1500 TRX, Ford F-150 Raptor, and electric Rivian R1T, loaded with GMC Syclone took part in the race.
Source: Cars And Zebras / YouTube.com