Two General Motors engineers arrested for street racing in 2020 Corvette Stingrays 120 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone

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Two General Motors engineers arrested for street racing in 2020 Corvette Stingrays 120 MPH in a 45 MPH Zone

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn’t even in production yet, but the high-performance sports car is already on the wrong side of the law.

Two General Motors employees were arrested and cited for street racing near GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., factory on Jan. 8.

Police clocked Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz going 100 mph in a 45 mph zone, and said Thim hit 120 mph at one point. The cars were presumably pre-production vehicles being used for development. According to Kentucky State Police, a trooper stopped Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz on the evening of Wednesday, January 8, on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green 5 miles from the factory.

Automobile magazine reported that the two men are engineers for the automaker. A GM spokesperson told the magazine it was aware of the incident and is investigating.

Thim and Derkatz were released on a $1,000 bond after being booked for racing on a public highway, reckless driving and speeding.


According to the employees' LinkedIn profiles, Thim is a CAE (computer aided engineering) engineer working on induction and exhaust systems, and Merkatz is an electrical engineer. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

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You'd think GM would have some sort of testing facility for that.

On a side note, they didn't even get 1/4 mile before being busted.
You'd think GM would have some sort of testing facility for that.
They do 5 miles from where they were stopped!

they didn't even get 1/4 mile before being busted.
Where did you get that info from? They were 5 miles from the plant and the test track.




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Either they watch too much Street Outlaws of GM takes R&D very seriously. Either way, dream job. Too bad I dropped out of UMASS Mechanical Engineering.
 

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You'd think GM would have some sort of testing facility for that.
They do 5 miles from where they were stopped!

they didn't even get 1/4 mile before being busted.
Where did you get that info from? They were 5 miles from the plant and the test track.




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Part 1 may have been sarcasm on my part.

Part 2 I'm talking about 1/4 mile times, only getting to 100 mph before they were caught. Not distance from the facility, and yes, I read the story and one was going 120.

GM internal document that leaked last week lists the 2020 Corvette quarter mile time as 11.3 seconds at 121 mph
 

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I want one but it's too small to live in after the divorce 😭
There was probably zero public safety risk but for the police, rules is rules...
 

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Trash them all you want, BUT how many of us can tell our kids we drag raced a brand new Corvette with another one and the Cops caught us. At least they didn't get charged with evading. I like the looks of a Vette, but I was never comfortable driving one there's 0 leg room for a tall driver.
 
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