The C8 Corvette Z06 was destined for the racetrack, with a long list of go-faster equipment and specs that make it an absolute weapon when it comes to hunting apexes. Thing is, driving flat out on a track can sometimes go wrong, and unfortunately that’s exactly what happens in the following video. The end result – one demolished C8 Corvette Z06.
The video is less than two minutes long, and includes footage from the crashed C8 Corvette Z06’s Performance Data Recorder (PDR), dash cam footage from another vehicle, and some trackside footage as well. The incident took place at Virginia International Raceway, or VIR, located in Alton, Virginia.
The video starts with the PDR footage, showing us the driver’s point of view as they charge towards the start / finish line at VIR. The conditions appear to be a little overcast, although the track surface looks more or less dry.
As the footage gets under way, we see the driver topping 100 mph before diving into a left-hand bend, riding the curb along the way. After stabbing the brakes on a downhill section before a right-hander that opens up towards the start / finish line, the driver gets on the throttle and the speeds once again start to climb. The driver misses the final apex, but puts their foot down as they aim towards the straight.
Unfortunately, the line puts the Corvette Z06 on the curbs at track out, dropping an outside rear wheel into the dirt. This, in combination with an upshift, causes the rear end of the sports car to slide, and before you know it, the only thing we see is the green retaining wall near pit entry.
The Corvette Z06 slides uncontrollably into the wall before spinning around in a terrifying series of 360s, finally coming to rest on the inside track line. Trackside footage shows the spin in progress, a plume of dust behind the sports car revealing the cause of the accident. Onboard footage from the car behind the C8 Corvette Z06 shows the same thing.
Luckily, the driver was unhurt, but the car was totaled. Notably, this is (or was) the same Z06 we talked about back in February, which blew its engine at 621 miles. Check out the entire crash video here: