We’ve seen many examples of cars leaving meets and applying too much throttle during a 90 degree turn, only to find themselves leaving precious metal and plastic parts on the road just seconds later. Because of these crashes we have to live with the stereotype that American cars are brilliant until they try to take corners. Well, this video below has just proven that American cars can be pretty terrible in a straight line, too.
The driver of the $80,000 Corvette Z06 was doing a simple launch on a very straight road and within four seconds the car went from going in a straight line to going straight into a tree on a sidewalk.
We’re not 100% certain what caused the car and the driver to go into a semi tank-slapper mode. It might have something to do with the 6.2 liter supercharged engine overpowering the rear wheels’ traction, or the driver’s poor shifting and inadvertent transfer of the car’s weight off the rear axle and loss of rear wheels’ traction, or it might even be the driver itself trying to initiate a drift.
We keep replaying the low quality video and looking at the 12 second mark. We noticed that the front wheels don’t seem to be pointing straight, as if the driver was initiating a Scandinavian Flick so it can drift into the strip mall’s entrance. Looking at where the car has crashed, it seems like that’s what the driver had intended to do. What do you think?
Regardless of what the driver tried to do, it’s pretty idiotic to do any of these stunts outside of the confines of a race track. If you want to consider doing these stunts on the road, we encourage you to watch the Mustangs and Camaros that have suffered the same fate.