This has to stop.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a lovely sports car that everyone wants to get behind the wheel of, despite the fact that it only gets more expensive every year. After many production delays and quality control issues, those who have finally attained their C8 Vettes are surely glad to own them, but sometimes the people entrusted with caring for these vehicles abuse them. Last year, we reported on a Corvette owner whose car was taken for a joyride by the very mechanics who were meant to be looking after it. It's not the only such story we've heard, but it seems that GM employees just don't learn.
The C8 was reportedly brought in to the dealer for an engine problem, namely, a ticking noise heard on idle. As it turns out, the issue was nothing major and was found to be a loose spark plug - something easy enough to test and fix. Once the GM technician working on the car had resolved the problem, he took the car for a test drive, as is normal. However, his test drive was far longer and more intense than necessary, and the above footage (the full joyride was over 19 minutes long) captured on the car's Performance Data Recorder shows that the technician was speeding on public roads, weaving in and out of traffic, and even racing another road user is a Dodge Charger.
The car even approached 148 mph on the public highway, and this sort of behavior is deplorable under the best circumstances, but when it's a customer's car that you're recklessly speeding in, the issue is even more concerning. Of course, the opportunity to drive a sports car with around 500 horsepower is not something that comes up every day, but the risks involved with driving a customer's car at illegal speeds are just not worth the experience. We have no further information on this specific case, but we're pretty sure that the technician was fired or at least suspended for his reckless actions.