Until recently, it’s been argued that the Ford Mach-E doesn’t deserve its Mustang name. And I guess that’s true up to a point. After all, this is a four-door electric crossover, not the V8 pony we normally see. However, it’s decent in a drag race, like this one, shot by Edmunds with their own C8 Corvette.
It doesn’t get more “sports car” than the new Corvette. In fact, it looks almost as exotic as a supercar. The mid-engined layout helps it punch above its 495 horsepower class. This thing has taken on GT500s and Hellcats.
However, the keen-eyed Mach-E fans might notice something different here. That’s right, the bright yellow car is a GT Performance version. It’s a really expensive twin-motor model making 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet (860 Nm) of torque. And unlike normal cars, this doesn’t need to change gears, an advantage in a drag race.
The Rapid Blue C8 Corvette also features a performance pack that allows its 6.2-liter V8 to deliver 495 hp and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm). This reaches the rear wheels via GM’s 8-speed automatic.
The one thing usually holding electric cars back is weight, and that’s the case here as well. A Mach-E GT Performance is rated at 4,997 lbs. So in that regard, it’s a 2+ ton Clydesdale. The ‘Vette is no Lotus Elise, but it pushes the scales to a reasonable 3,649 lbs.
I honestly wanted the Mustang to flop. We’re near the end of the V8 era. A tall crossover bringing down THE Corvette would honestly be sad. The Mach-E didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t win either.
With that being said, what do you think happened in the drag race? Well, both boxers come out fighting with surprisingly good traction off the line. They reach 60 mph straight away, but towards the end of the 1/4 section of the track, things start to change. The driver of the Mustang Mach-E GT says power feels like it’s falling off at about 80-90 mph.
I guess the real question is: how many people are going to spend $69,800 on a dual-motor Mach-E GT. That kind of price might be justified on a Tesla or even the Corvette. The paint is cool, though.