Autocrossing the 2014 Corvette Stingray
Last week at the C7 Corvette Stingray Media Drive event in Monterey, Chevy had an autocross course set up on a concrete tarmac just behind the airplane hanger where the entire event was staged. Three Corvettes, all 7-speed Z51 cars, were on the track. I chose the Torch Red Stingray (because everyone knows that red Corvettes are the fastest).
The autocross experience came after we had already completed the three hour road tour, so I was feeling really confident going to the track. The new Stingray inspires to you to be a better driver.
Chevrolet provided a driving instructor who gave tips as I made the first couple of laps around the course. After my second lap, I was more agressive and the Corvette kept responding positively.
The seats were amazing and held me in place through the various turns. Sometimes it felt as if I was melting into them, enveloped by the new thicker bolsters.
The handling of the new Corvette was fantastic. In Race mode, the steering is the stiffest (and most precise) and the exhaust sounds great. On the largest turn in the middle of the track, I had the gas peddle floored. I could hear the tires starting to squeal in protest but still holding strong through the turn. I realized then how much I loved the so-called “nanny controls” that kept me from making a complete mess of the cones on the track.
In the video, I’m driving the Red Stingray in the first three laps and then the instructor does the best series in the fourth and final lap.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is a beautifully designed sports car with advanced technological underpinnings that is as much at home on the track as it is on the street. The more you ask of the new Stingray, the more she gives back in kind.
I can see why people really love autocrossing. Especially when it’s the 2014 Corvette Stingray providing the thrills!