Scores of Chevrolet Corvette Z06 owners have all signed on with a class-action lawsuit against General Motors – a suit which alleges that the 650-horsepower track machine is woefully incapable of keeping cool at the race track. Filed yesterday by Hagens Berman (the same firm representing owners of the Shelby GT350 Mustang in their pending case regarding overheating gearboxes), the lawsuit specifies that a defect with the Z06’s cooling system can cause the car to overheat and enter “limp mode” after as little as 15 minutes of spirited track driving.
That’s problematic because limp mode limits the vehicle speed drastically, often without warning, in an attempt to prevent further damage to the engine, which can be dangerous when there are other vehicles about. Nonetheless, the complaint claims that the Z06’s alleged cooling defect causes extensive motor damage, warping components due to above-normal temperatures. What’s more, the complaint says the issue has reared its head even on public roads.
Hagens Berman says there are as many as 30,000 affected Chevrolet Corvette Z06 examples, and asserts that General Motors knew about the defect and yet sold the car as a track-ready vehicle without ever disclosing this critical weakness. The class-action lawsuit brings charges of fraudulent concealment, breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, and more.
“GM enticed race enthusiasts with bells and whistles, promising a car that could maintain safe speeds and power when tracked, but we believe what it sold them was far from what it promised,” says Hagens Berman Managing Partner Steve Berman. “This defect not only damages the Z06 engine, but endangers drivers.”