Thursday, February 14, 2013

Now THAT Is An Oopsie!

Gerry sends in a story of someone that may very well be looking for a new job...

First 2014 Corvette Stingray wreck captured in the wild
It's been less than a month since Chevrolet revealed the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and already one has turned up wrecked. Since the new Corvette isn't on sale yet, chances are someone at General Motors will have a sizable expense report to fill out.

Caught by a poster at Digital Corvettes, the photo was supposedly snapped recently in Arizona, with the original shooter's commentary: "Cop had just arrived. Car is in worse shape than looks. Hit guardrail on left and bounced back to rocks." Automakers often run hot-weather and handling tests in Arizona, and this copy wears the Michigan manufacturer license plates that a GM-owned prototype would carry on public roads.
This made me cry:

(picture from link)

The update to the story says that it was a test drive gone wrong, meaning that the test pilot driver *might* not be in a world of hurt. I do have to admit liking the new styling of the Corvette (too bad it's a Government Motors, though), although I'm not really sold that it lives up to the "Stingray" designation. One thing's for certain, though - the software controlling the anti-skid looks like it needs a bit of tweaking.

Either than or the loose nut behind the wheel needs tightening...

That is all.


Lazy Bike Commuter said...

Apparently it handles like an American car.

Dave H said...

Body styling's not bad, but it feels Lamborghini-ish to me. Maybe it's just the angle the photo was taken from.

Wouldn't that be a story to tell over a few beers in 10 years? "I cracked up a prototype Stingray."

Anonymous said...

"Long lead " Magazine writers are also driving cars with mfg plates . It's certainly possible that a motor trend writer was driving beyond his abilities. ...... Or a C&D guy was just "hooning it up" for the photog and lost it.

There's a reason that the Porsche stability management (PSM). Is also known as. Please Save Me!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

The opinion here is the driver would have helped the design if he took out those Camero tail lights.

A former engineer for Ford told me he totaled 2 cars in testing and he lived to retire after 30 years.
One was a 71 Mavrick so that may have been a mercy killing.


Angus McThag said...

I have a 2008 Vette (pre-gov't takeover) and traction control is your friend. The odds that you're a good enough driver and have the training and experience to perform better with it shut off are pretty damn low.

Driving schools are humbling.

Me: "I'm going to shut off the traction control."
Instructor: "Go ahead."
Me: "Why do you have that look on your face? I've made an error haven't I?"
Instructor: "You've learned something already! Let's turn that back on."

Anonymous said...

I used to work at the GM proving grounds in Arizona,Corvette development was the shop next to me.We got the first 12 92 vettes and were told to beat them like a bad mule for 2 weeks.This accident was minor to some of the stories I've heard.