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GM Engineers Take Corvettes for 100mph Spin, Face Charges

Employees were visiting Kentucky assembly plant
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2020 1:05 PM CST
A 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the new mid-engine version of the Corvette.   (General Motors via AP)

(Newser) – Two GM engineers visiting the Kentucky plant that builds Corvettes evidently decided to put a couple of new 2020 C8 Stingrays through tests of their own. Their joyrides, which troopers said topped 100mph, ended with the men being arraigned on charges including speeding, racing a motor vehicle on a public road and reckless driving, Deadline Detroit reports. They were arrested about 11:20pm on Jan. 8, shortly after a stop at Cue Time Cocktails and Billiards in Bowling Green, near the assembly plant. The models they were racing, one red and one white, cost more than $60,000 each, per the Free Press.

The posted speed limit where the engineers, who both live near Detroit, was 45mph, per CNN. General Motors officials said they're investigating. "Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors,” their statement said. The latest Corvette, which isn't being sold yet, already has been named MotorTrend's Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year by a panel of automotive journalists. (Read more Corvette stories.)

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