The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was intended to be a more-refined version of America's sports car that could take on the best from Europe. Goodwood decided to see just how well the 'Vette stacks up.

For a run up the famous hill climb course at the Goodwood estate, a shiny red Corvette was lined up against two of the best British sports cars around: a Jaguar F-Type V8 S and an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.

Each car made a run in the hands of former Goodwood Festival of Speed "King of the Hill" Anthony Reid on a very wet course. There was only one rule: no electronic driver aids allowed.

With 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, the Stingray's 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated LT1 V-8 seemed to be at a disadvantage compared to the F-Type's supercharged 5.0-liter V-8--which produces 495 hp and 460 lb-ft--and the Aston's naturally aspirated V-12, good for 565 hp and 457 lb-ft.

Still, on a wet hill climb course the way power is transferred to the road is more important than the amount. There was plenty of wheelspin and sideways action, but Reid's sharp skills meant no sports cars were harmed in the making of this video.

It's also worth noting that the Chevy is by far the cheapest of the three. It starts at $51,995 (including destination) plus another $1,195 for the dual-mode exhaust system that provides the full 460 hp. In comparison, an F-Type V8 S starts at $92,000, while the V12 Vantage S carries a price tag of $184,995.

So does more money really buy more car? Was the 'Vette pummeled by its rivals from Across the Pond? Watch the video above to find out.


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