With track-bred performance and a thunderous front-mounted V8 engine, the C7 Corvette is no joke. As such, anyone looking to unleash the C7 Vette should do so in the proper environment – that is, a racetrack. Unfortunately, one British Columbia resident recently decided to test their Chevy sports car on public roads, netting them some serious legal trouble.
According to a recent report from local news outlet The Chilliwack Progress, the C7 Corvette driver was clocked at 243 km/h, or roughly 150 mph. That’s more than double the 120-km/h speed limit.
“The officer activated his emergency equipment and brought the speeding car to a stop, aborting the driver’s ‘flight plan’,” said BC RCMP Traffic Services Media Relations Officer Mike Halskov, per The Chilliwack Progress.
“The driver was issued an Appearance Notice for excessive speed, meaning that the driver must appear in Court, where, upon conviction, penalties may be significantly higher than the maximum fine allowed by serving a ticket. In addition, the vehicle was impounded and the officer is considering other options, including submitting a High Risk Driver report to RoadSafetyBC requesting a lengthy driving prohibition.”
The standard C7 Corvette is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT1 gasoline engine, producing 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque from the factory. Higher in the model range, the C7 Corvette Z06 is equipped with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4, which produces 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping C7 Corvette ZR1 is equipped with the supercharged 6.2L LT5 V8, which produces 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque.
Transmission options across the range include a seven-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic.
While the need to speed behind the wheel of the C7 Corvette is undoubtedly quite strong, doubling the speed limit on public roads is surefire way to end up in a heap of legal trouble – or worse. Stay safe out there, folks.