Two General Motors employees have been arrested after they allegedly took a leaf out of Ferris Bueller’s playbook and went on a high-speed joy ride in a pair of supercars.
Kentucky police allege Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz, both GM engineers, were racing each other in red and blue Chevrolet Corvette supercars down the streets of Bowling Green in the county of Warren. A third white Corvette was driving with them but not racing, police said.
Bowling Green is the home of the assembly plant that builds the Corvette. Australian versions, due to arrive next year, will also be built at the plant.
According to citations quoted in local news reports the two were recorded travelling at 193km/h and 161km/h in a 72km/h zone.
In Kentucky, exceeding the speed limit by more than 26 miles per hour (42km/h) leads to a mandatory court hearing and a potential loss of licence. The vehicles were towed from the scene before being collected by General Motors representatives the following day.
Police allege they noticed the smell of alcohol on the men’s breath.
The new Corvette is yet to be released on sale and the two engineers were driving the company’s test vehicles. General Motors is investigating the incident.
Holden has confirmed that the Chevrolet will be sold in Australia but it isn’t expected until next year.
The Corvette promises some serious Ferrari fighting ability. The mid-engined supercar is powered by a beefy 6.2-litre V8 engine that makes 369kW and 637Nm — about four times that of the Toyota Corolla.
Full details will be confirmed closer to the model’s official debut, but expect a 0-100km/h time in the low three-second bracket and a top speed in excess of 300km/h.
And the Chevrolet Camaro, which requires a lengthy and expensive local conversion to right-hand drive, the Corvette will be right-hand drive from the factory.
Originally published as Employees caught racing company supercars