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Watch: Hennessey Performance drag races a Chevrolet Corvette Z51 vs a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Hennessey Performance has once again showed off the capability of the Corvette.

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Hennessey Performance has pulled off another stellar sports car showdown. The performance engineering company has drag raced a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 and a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

The 2020 Corvette Z51 as tested gets 495 horsepower from its 6.2-liter V8 engine. With the Z71 specialty package, the car has standard manual transmission with active rev matching, a dry sump oil system, electronic limited slip differential, performance exhaust, Brembo performance brakes, and Z51 performance suspension. An eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission is available. Chevy prices that version of the rear-wheel drive coupe starting at $61,995.

In the video, it appears that Hennessey has opted for the automatic transmission in its tester.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a hand built, supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It produces 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. The model comes equipped with Ford's adaptive suspension, Brembo six-piston brake calipers with 16.5-inch rotors, and 20-inch carbon fiber wheels. The model has a starting price of $73,995.

For the challenge, both models were bone stock.

The video is broken down into two parts. The first features the two going head to head from a dig. The Corvette pulls out to an early, easy lead. However, it is overtaken by the Mustang near the end.

The second part features the two cars starting from a 40 mph roll. Here, the Mustang makes a commanding performance.

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This isn't the first time Hennessey has raced a Corvette versus another performance-focused sports car. Last week the company showed off the results of a racing challenge with the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody.

Hennessey has also recently revealed three modded trucks for sale, the 1,000-horsepower Jeep Gladiator-based Hennessey Maximus 1000, the Ford F-150-based supercharged Hennessey Venom 775, and the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali-based Hennessey Goliath700.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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