Pair Of GM Engineers Were Arrested For Street Racing C8 Corvettes

The 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette, features a new 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust. (Photo by Dan MacMedan for Chevrolet)

The street wasn’t the ideal place, but can you blame these guys? The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray is quite a car. Race track-worthy, even. Which is the key thing to remember in this story.

Two General Motors employees, unfortunately, found that out the hard way when they were arrested for street racing two new C8 Corvettes in Bowling Green, Kentucky (home of the Corvette manufacturing plant).

To make matters worse, these weren’t their personal vehicles. They were two company-owned Corvettes that you can’t even buy yet.

Kentucky State Police via Detroit Free Press

Alexander Thim, 27, of West Bloomfield, and Mark Derkatz, 30, of Windsor, Ontario, were clocked in by Kentucky state troopers going 120 mph and 100 mph, respectively, in a 45-mph zone. They were charged with reckless driving and racing motor vehicles on public roads

Credit: Automobile Magazine

The cars were towed by police and taken to a tow lot, where they were collected the next day.

GM commented on the incident saying:

“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.”

A third Corvette driver was also involved but did not exceed the speed limit and was not arrested.