A promotional image of the Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray 2020, courtesy of General Motors Canada.
A Windsor man is one of GM’s two engineers arrested last week for allegedly running on the street in Corvette Stingrays.
Mark Derkatz, 30, of Windsor, was arrested by Kentucky state police along with Alexander Thim, 27, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, on the night of January 8.
According to the news of WBKO – a television station in Bowling Green, Ky. – Derkatz was in a white Corvette that reached a speed of 160 km / h (100 miles per hour) while Thim was in a red Corvette that reached 120 miles per hour (193 km / h).
The two vehicles were in adjacent lanes of a road in Bowling Green called Lovers Lane. The posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour (72 km / h).
WBKO reports that a state policeman stopped the vehicles around 11:20 p.m. at an intersection in the suburbs of Bowling Green, about eight miles from GM’s Bowling Green assembly plant, where all Corvettes are manufactured.
According to reports, the police officer saw three Corvettes spin and accelerate rapidly, but only two drivers were arrested.
Derkatz and Thim face charges of reckless driving, running a motor vehicle on a public highway and exceeding the posted speed limit of 26 miles per hour or more.
According to an arrest appointment obtained by WBKO, the two men told the state agent that they were employees of General Motors and that they came from a cocktail and pool club.
The soldier reported that he detected the smell of alcohol on the breath of both drivers.
The day after his arrest, the two men were prosecuted in the district court of Warren County, Kentucky, where they were scheduled for their next appearance on February 18.
Both defendants were released on bail of $ 1,000.
Bowling Green has a special connection with Corvettes. General Motors says the assembly plant is the only place in the world where Corvettes are built. The city also houses the National Corvette Museum.
Derkatz’s LinkedIn profile shows that he is an electrical engineer who graduated from Windsor University and is a member of GM’s Corvette electrical launch team.
Thim’s profile shows that he is a CAE (computer-aided engineering) engineer for GM.
Automobile Magazine, a publication of Motor Trend Group, contacted GM for comments. The company responded that it is “aware of an incident involving our test vehicles” and is currently investigating.
“Safety remains our top priority at General Motors. We have no further comments at this time, “GM said.
The Chevrolet Corvette C8 2020 is the latest model of the famous line of American sports cars, now in its eighth generation.
Introduced in July 2019, the C8 is powered by the new LT2 V-8 engine, capable of accelerating the car from zero to 60 miles per hour (97 km / h) in three seconds.
Unlike previous generations of the Corvette, the C8 places its engine in the center of the car, behind its seats.
The initial car price in Canada is $ 70,000.
Driving.ca described the new Corvette Stingray as “impressive”, a “supercar” whose base performance specifications rival those of the low-end McLarens and Lamborghinis.
On Monday, the 2020 Corvette won the North American Car of the Year Award in Detroit.