According to Juechter, the car Motor Trend used was the same one loaned to Car and Driver a few weeks earlier to run a Lightning Lap
at the Virginia International Raceway. During the lap the Z06 went off the track and hit a wall of tires. The car was eventually back at it, setting the second-fastest Lightning Lap time ever. Juechter, writing on CorvetteForum, says “any time there is an incident like that, we have to tear the car down, replace broken parts and make it like-new again.” Why couldn’t Chevy just bust out a new car? Apparently press Corvettes are hard to come buy as they directly impact the pool of available vehicles for sale. In their haste to turn repair the Vette for Motor Trend Juechter’s team missed two things.