No joke. This really happened.
Someone's worst nightmare has just come true. The owner of a brand spanking new 215 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was out on the road, breaking it in some, before heading to the traffic. That's the responsible and smart thing to do. He was prepping the car for an event beginning on January 10 at Road Atlanta. And then, according to his story originally posted on the Corvette Forum, he experienced a catastrophic engine failure. The Z06 wasn't modified, and he was respecting the 500-mile break-in period.
It had clocked just 891 miles. "I was out putting some more miles on the car to get ready for my track event," the owner stated. "While making a pull from 35 mph, I accelerated and shifted sort of redline, and boom – the car began knocking. I pulled over and popped the hood. I could hear a loud knock coming from the No. 6 cylinder area along with a serious grinding, metal-on-metal sound coming from the supercharger area." His Chevy dealer confirmed the No. 6 cylinder valvetrain failure. The engine was officially toast. GM ordered the Z06 returned for a full factory-level analysis in order to determine the cause. What's clear is that this Z06 requires an entirely new engine.