Remember Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Y’know that scene where they drop off the Ferrari in the parking garage, only to have the parking attendants go on a joy ride and drive up the mileage on the mint mare from Maranello? You know it’s every car guy and gal’s biggest fear, which is why the 2015 Corvette is the perfect foil for would-be garage racers.
Seems that Dan Cowles had dropped off his car at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. Using the Corvette’s capabilities, he programmed the car for Valet Mode, which locks the glovebox as well as records video and telemetry while being driven to by others. Alas, the attendant initially didn’t drive it to its proper parking space, instead making a banzai run in the garage. He also was recorded bumping the nose of the Corvette into the wall, then stepping out to check for damage (there was none).
This Valet Mode feature is part of the Navigation and the Performance Data Recorder package for the 2015 Corvette.
Needless to say, Cowles brought the video to the manager, who put up a fight but eventually relented, firing the attendant. And hopefully that sets an example for other valets who want to play with toys that aren’t theirs.