The mid-engine Corvette is perhaps the most anticipated car of the last decade, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a V8-powered mid-engine sports car with nearly 500 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, a dual-clutch transmission and a head-turning display, all for under $60K at release. You’d be hard-pressed to find such performance offerings anywhere else. As good as the price is, winning one from Omaze sounds even better.
Here are the specifications of the Corvette in question, according to Omaze:
- Maximum Seating: 2
- Engine: 6.2L V8
- Drivetrain: RWD
- Exterior color: TBD
- Interior color: TBD
- Maximum horsepower: 495 hp
- Maximum torque: 470 lb-ft
- Acceleration: 0–60 in 2.9 seconds
- Top speed: 194 mph
- Fuel consumption: 16/24/19 mpg city/highway/combined
- Fuel capacity: 18.5 gallons
- Estimated retail value: $84,000
- Cash alternative: $63,000
- Special features: Z51 performance package, 3LT trim, carbon fiber accents, 19”/20” rear wheels, fully digital gauge cluster with heads-up display, 8” HD color infotainment system with touchscreen and navigation, driver-focused cockpit with two-spoke, racing square-inspired steering wheel, 14-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system.
Here’s what we said about the mid-engine Corvette in our first drive review:
“The Corvette Stingray we drove in Spring Mountain, pictured above, comes with the Z51 track pack. It adds an electronic limited-slip differential, larger Brembo brakes with four-piston monoblock calipers, improved cooling, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, specific axle ratios, performance exhaust, front splitter and a two-piece rear spoiler which together add up to 400 pounds of downforce, and a track-tuned FE3 suspension (basically the FE1 and no FE2) that changes springs, sway bars, dampers, and electronic calibration. You can upgrade all of that with the optional $1,895 FE4 magnetic suspension, larger wings, and an upgraded pair of seats. While we didn’t get a chance to try the $1,495 mid-range GT2 seat, we recommend trying the best $1,995 Competition Sport seat before placing your order — both of your Autoblog test drivers are on the slim side and the underside of the seat feels uncomfortable. The standard GT1 seat (pictured below) is fine in that regard and still provides an adjustable side roll that kept us pretty much in place on the track. The roof structure and low roll also cause headroom issues for this 6-foot-tall driver pair, especially with a helmet on the track.
“A lot has been made that the C8 isn’t available with a traditional manual transmission, but that it doesn’t have a traditional automatic either. Frankly, both would be out of place in what is effectively a mid-engined supercar capable of going from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. On the track, the new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic manual developed by GM and Tremec is smart enough to shift at the right time most of the time, but there are some odd downshift options and moments when pulling the paddle is necessary. . That’s almost unheard of when using the most aggressive settings of a Porsche PDK or Mercedes AMG automatic manual, but it’s a critique of the level of excellence. GM and Tremec should be credited for their efforts.
“So are the Z51 package’s beefy Brembo brakes that take lap after lap with a pounding while maintaining a reassuring pedal feel. The pedal itself is also well placed for left-foot braking, which can’t be said for Porsche.”
You may be asking yourself, what does it take to win? First of all, according to Omaze, “no donation or payment is required to enter or win this sweepstakes.” $10 will get you 100 entries, while $50 will get you 1,000 entries and $100 will get you 2,000 entries.
The donation itself benefits The 500 Festival Foundation. According to Omaze, “The 500 Festival Foundation supports 500 Festivals in its mission to produce life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and heritage of the Indianapolis 500, driving a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Your generosity can ensure everyone has access to the 500 Festivals of free youth education, health and wellness, and leadership development programs.”
If you want all these 495 mid-engined horses in your driveway, enter them here. The deadline for entry is August 12, 2022, 11:59 PM Pacific.