New C7 Corvette Z07 Owner Discovers The Trouble With Launch Mode
Updated May 1, 2016
He didn’t even own it long enough to get attached to it.
It’s not like he isn’t an experienced driver. He just hadn’t figured out how everything worked quite yet. As accidents on fast cars go, this one is about as accidental as you can get.
The driver picked up his C7 Corvette the previous day. When trying to test out his car’s capabilities with the new ‘launch’ feature, things went wrong. Horribly wrong. Apparently the function only operates in first gear. After that, you’re on your own and control of the vehicle and all of its torquey power is solely up to the driver.
After the incredible torque pulls the Corvette hard to the right and off the pavement, the trees in the ditch soften the…well, soften the front end of the car. A hard impact is followed with a spin around before the video cuts out.
The videographer has reported that the owner IS indeed experienced with fast and powerful cars, having owned a C6 Corvette Z06 with a top-end engine upgrade.
Jake, the camera guy, had this to say about the incident:
“The car had been off the lot for about 24 hours. It’s a Z07 package with the manual 7. The cause of the accident was a misunderstanding about launch control: it was his [the driver’s] first time using it, it controlled the torque completely through first gear at wide open throttle. After shifting to second (expecting the torque management to continue working) it was unrestricted power to the wheels and just came as a surprise, which is why there wasn’t really a reaction to it. The car was in track suspension mode and sport 1 traction control, so active handling would’ve been expected to handle slight yaw from wheel spin, but didn’t.”