The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is a monster of a sports car. With the naturally aspirated V8 engine now mounted in the middle of the machine, the Vette’s rear tires can more easily get the power down, blessing it with impressive acceleration. However, as two General Motors employees found out, the new C8’s speed capabilities are best tested on the track.
According to a new report from Automobile Magazine, Alexander Thim, a CAE engineer, and Mark Derkatz, an electrical engineer, were driving a pair of C8’s on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green, Kentucky, when they were stopped by local police. They were charged with speeding, reckless driving, and racing on public roads.
It’s uncertain how fast the two engineers were driving at the time, but the report states that they had exceeded the posted 45-mph speed limit “by more than 26 mph.”
After they were pulled over, the engineers’ two 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 coupes were promptly towed from the scene.
“We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating,” GM said in a statement. “Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time.”
Luckily, no one was reported injured. It’s currently unknown if the two engineers are still employed at GM.
The scene of the incident is not coincidental, as Bowling Green, Kentucky, is the home of the same production facility where the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is produced, not to mention the National Corvette Museum.
To note, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, which is tuned to produce upwards of 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust. Throw on the Z51 Performance package, and 60 mph arrives in less than three seconds, making the C8 the quickest entry-level Corvette of all time.
Of course, it should go without saying – next time, take it to the track.
Source: Automobile Magazine