Emelia Hartford blew up her 2020 C8 Corvette - Dexerto

Emelia Hartford blew up her 2020 C8 Corvette

Published: 31/Jul/2020 11:03

by Kieran Bicknell


YouTubers often push the limits of their cars in the name of chasing performance (and viewing) figures, though sometimes these modifications go beyond the limit of the car’s capability, as Emelia Hartford discovered the hard way.

Emelia isn’t the only YouTuber to be running a new C8 Corvette, however she is one of the first to blow theirs up by adding a twin turbocharger setup to the LT2 V8 engine in the C8.

What’s interesting is that prior to destroying the engine on her C8, Emelia explains that the transmission is only rated by GM up to 664 ft-lb of torque. This is a problem, as she openly admits that they have “exceeded [this figure] drastically” – anyone else smell a disaster cooking?

She then goes on to explain that when ‘exotic’ cars such as the C8 are subjected to a twin-turbo setup, they are meant to upgrade the clutch and the transmission to handle this additional power.

Road testing begins at 11:16

Data logging ends in disaster

In preparation for the 1000-mile road rally that Emelia had entered the C8 into, she wanted to run a few ‘pulls’ on the street in order to get some data logged.

On her first launch, it seems that the LT2 V8 wasn’t happy with handling all of the additional power from the twin-turbo setup, despite it appearing initially A-OK as the C8 flew off the line.

After the launch, the V8 developed what Emelia thought to be ‘valve tick’ (often caused by a broken valve) which was a major cause for concern, meaning the data logging session was postponed.

C8 Corvette Borescope
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Diagnosis showed that the C8 had broken a cylinder

Diagnosing the problem

Arriving back at the garage, further inspection revealed that it was in fact far worse than a bent valve, with a borescope examination revealing that one of the pistons had actually cracked in half. Ouch.

What’s baffling here is that Emelia openly admits that they knew they were pushing the performance of the motor and the transmission. She goes on to say that they knew pushing the LT2 motor so hard was going to result in a ‘bad time – so why not just build it properly in the first place?

So what does the future hold?

Emelia does however say that if they break it, they’ll just build it stronger. With the goal of getting the C8 Corvette to a 9-second quarter mile, they will have to not only replace the broken piston but also upgrade the transmission and a significant amount of the engines internals to handle the power.

Interestingly the comment pinned by Emelia states that “The engine is already in the lab getting stronger. No sympathy needed here. Can’t wait to show you all what’s coming next” so let’s expect to see more of the C8 in the near future.


TikTokker explains how she managed to live in her car for over a year

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam


TikTok star Nikita Crump has managed to pull off the incredible feat of living in her car, a 2012 Honda Civic, for over one year. Now, she has explained how she was able to pull it off in a new YouTube video.

Crump’s journey began in a video first uploaded on November 3, 2019 where she explained how she officially told her landlord she would be moving out of her home and into her car.

According to Crump, this wasn’t some impromptu decision and she had been spending a few months actively thinking about it before taking the plunge.

TikTok star Nikita crump lives in car
Nikita has been living in her car for over a year.

Despite having a nice house with affordable rent and good roommates, she felt moving into her car was something she “had to do.”

Since then, she has successfully spent a whole year living in her car and marked the anniversary of her first night by explaining how she is able to stay cool or warm at night.

In the backseat of her car, the YouTuber keeps a pillow and too fuzzy blankets which she uses to cover herself up.

Along with her sweatpants and sweatshirt, she is able to stay warm even in the winter months. However, occasionally she has to put a jacket on if it’s ever especially cold outside.

“In Northern California, a lot of the warmer days are still cool nights, so I’m fortunate that most nights throughout the year are totally bearable, but there’s totally been the occasion where it is hot, I am sweating and I wear as minimal clothing as I can,” she explained.

Luckily, she also has a rechargeable fan which can help her get through the night if need be despite only staying charged for one day.

@nikitaraschellYeah, I’m homeless. I live in my civic, I shower at my gym, and I’m just your average gal. ##whatsinmybag ##hotelcivic ##homeless ##sponsorme♬ Aesthetic Girl – Yusei

In addition to just staying cool, the TikTok sensation also revealed she showers at the gym and keeps plenty of personal hygiene products inside her bag including shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant to name a few.

Now, Crump is hitting the road and embarking on a two-month-long trip around the United States where she’ll be documenting her experiences.

The entertainer’s decision to live in her car has paid dividends, as she currently has over one million followers on TikTok.