The National Corvette Museum has opened up the bookings for its new Corvette Experience program – which allows attendees to drive a C8 Corvette Stingray Z51 on track at the NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The NCM says the Corvette Experience will give drivers a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice on the 23-turn, 3.2-mile track at the NCM Motorsports park in a lead-follow format. A helmet is provided if the student does not already have one, and long pants and closed-toe shoes are also required. All participants must be over the age of 18 and hold a valid driver’s license as well.
Multiple dates have been scheduled throughout 2020 in the spring, summer and fall. The first event of the year is on March 13, 2020, and the program ends with the final event on October 9, 2020. Interested Corvette fans can book online or call the NCM to place their booking. The cost for the day, with lunch included, is $799.
This lapping event will be one of the first opportunities many Corvette fans will have to drive the C8 Corvette on a race track. The C8 Corvette with the Z51 package, if you need reminding, has a 6.2-liter Small Block LT2 V8 engine, which makes 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and sophisticated electronic rear differential, the car will hustle from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds and top out at a supercar-rivaling 194 mph.
For some students in the Corvette Experience program, the new C8 may be a big step up from what they drive day-to-day or have little to no experience driving on track. However, instructors will slowly get students up to speed and eventually provide them with the proper tools to give them the confidence to run in the lead-follow group just as well as more experienced attendees.
If you think you might be interested in this program, you can view the available dates and reserve a spot online through the NCM’s website at this link.