Two General Motors engineers learned that lesson the hard way last week, when they were arrested for racing in Bowling Green, Kentucky — not far from the factory that builds the legendary sports cars.
Kentucky State Police arrested Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz on Wednesday night after a trooper spotted them driving at high speeds in two 2020 Corvette Stingrays.
Thim was driving a red Corvette that reached a speed of 120 mph, according to the citation. Derkatz was in a white Corvette that was clocked at 100 mph.
The posted speed on the road was 45 mph.
They were charged with reckless driving, racing on a public highway and driving more than 26 mph faster than the posted speed limit.
A third Corvette was driving with the men, but the driver did not participate in the race and was not cited, police said.
The men identified themselves as GM employees, according to their citations. Their LinkedIn biographies indicate they are engineers who are working in the Corvette program.
“We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating. Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time,” General Motors said in a statement.
The 2020 Corvette, which will retail for about $60,000, is the latest version of the sports car and is not yet available to the public.
Automotive journalists voted it the North American Car of the Year on Monday.