The new mid-engine Chevrolet C8 Corvette is undoubtedly a fast car. Packing a 496 horsepower V8, one can easily hit the speed limit (and beyond) in a matter of seconds. That being said, the best way to fully maximize the C8’s potential is by bringing it to a circuit or a private race track. As we all know; we should never race on the streets and put other people's lives at risk.
However, it seems two General Motors (GM) employees didn’t get the memo and were recently arrested for street racing their respective C8 Corvettes in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
According to Automobile, GM engineers Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz were stopped by Kentucky State Police after exceeding the 45 mph (72.4 km/h) speed limit on Lovers Lane. Derkatz, in a white Corvette, reportedly hit 100 mph (161 km/h) while Thim, in a red Corvette achieved a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h). The citation notes of a third Corvette but did not participate in the race.
The two are currently facing charges of speeding, reckless driving, and racing a motor vehicle on public roads. Thankfully, none of them crashed. Thim and Derkatz were released on USD 1,000 bail (Php 50,395). Meanwhile, the cars were towed away to an impound lot where they were picked up by GM representatives the following day.
“We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating. Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time,” GM told Automobile.
It is uncertain whether both Thim and Derkatz are still currently employed by GM.