A Corvette driver was blown away by how well the car protected him in a crash.
Conversations about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe are typically focused on performance aspects such as its phenomenal abilities on the track and a slew of aftermarket upgrades that make this one of the most customizable sports cars on the road.
But this month, the Corvette made the headlines for a different reason: safety. On the Facebook group C8 - The Chevy Under Glass, a Corvette owner by the name of Carlton Phillips shared a story of what could have been a fatal car accident in his C8, except, the car's supreme safety structure allowed Phillips to casually walk away with zero serious injuries.
Phillips explained that in the moments leading up to the crash, he had to decide whether to hit a pole or t-bone another vehicle, a minivan. He decided that aiming for the van's front right wheel would see both vehicles facing in the same direction, a choice that seemed to be a wise one in the end. This isn't the first Corvette crash we've seen, but it never gets easier to see such a fantastic car end up in a mess on the side of the road.
Most of all, Phillips was amazed by how well the C8 performed in the crash, which pretty much wrecked the front of the Chevy. "The impact felt as if I had casually bumped a curb in a full-size SUV," he said on the Facebook group. "I would give the structural design and engineering team at GM a 15 on a 10-point scale."
Three of the Corvette's airbags were deployed in the crash but Phillips said there was "no loud bang or crumbling metal". Immediately, the car's OneStar system kicked into gear to help the driver quickly call 911. The impact was well-absorbed by the front end, the Corvette correctly switched itself off, and the hazards were activated automatically.
Considering that local safety authorities rarely test high-performance sports cars, it's nice to know that a powerful machine like the Corvette is as safe as you'd expect any other modern vehicle to be. Chevrolet will no doubt be thankful for the good press considering that the Corvette hasn't been immune to safety issues this year. "The C8 took one for the team and sacrificed itself for all of us on that night," said Phillips.