Edmunds.com took their long term 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 up from their headquarters in Santa Monica to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. That meant driving the Corvette through the snow covered mountains of Colorado and as you can imagine, things didn’t go too well.
Anticipating some winter weather, the Edmunds guys fitted the ‘Vette with a set of Pirelli winter tires before making the trek up to Michigan. Despite their efforts, the two-wheel drive, 460 horsepower Corvette would still prove to be a less than ideal choice for winter driving.
As Edmunds Editor-in-chief Scott Oldham began the ascent up into the mountains, the snow fall got even worse than he had anticipated. Eventually, he was forced to stop and upon trying to accelerate, realised he wouldn’t be going anywhere fast. He was stuck, blocking the number two lane of the I70 during a blizzard.
Not knowing what else to do, he placed a call to 911. 911 told him they would send a tow truck, so he waited, appreciating the Corvette’s seat heaters more than ever. Eventually, the traffic cleared and Oldham was able to let the car roll backward to a spot on the highway where there was less snow. The car hooked up, and he was free.
After calling 911 to let them know he’d no longer need their assistance, he drove to the nearest hotel and waited out the storm. In the morning, he got back on the highway eventually making it to Detroit without any further hiccups.
So if you’re thinking of taking your Corvette Stingray out during a winter snow storm, we’d suggest at least getting a set of winter tires first. That is, unless you want to explain to 911 why you’re driving a brand new Corvette during a snowstorm.
Dont miss Oldham’s full account of the mishap over on Edmunds.