One Should Never Underestimate The Corvette Z06 – Or The Nürburgring

The most appropriate attitude when approaching the Nürburgring is to fear the legendary track. Being afraid of the “Green Hell” will make you give it the respect that it deserves, which in turn will maximize your chances of survival — both yours and your car’s.

Now, it goes without saying that the quicker your car is, the more attention you should pay. Some drivers are well aware of that and never get cocky when driving supercars at the Nordschleife, even though they have thousands of competitive kilometers under their belts on the German track.

Others, however, believe that merely driving a 500+ horsepower car is enough to turn them into masters of the ‘Ring. Obviously, that’s not the case, and a Corvette Z06 driver learned that the hard way on August 26. In the footage from of Auto Addiction, we see a Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package driving rather unremarkably — which is good if you’re an amateur driver in a 650-hp car and you have a passenger right beside you.

Going up a right-hand corner, though, the driver ran out of patience and stabbed the throttle too early, sending the car into a slide and then violently into the guardrails. Fortunately, no one was injured, which in this unforgiving track with no runaway areas whatsoever is very fortunate indeed. Judging by the violent way the car lost grip at the exit, we’re inclined to believe the driver had switched off the stability control system completely.

Unless you’re an ace of the “Green Hell,” we would advise against that in any car, least of all a Corvette Z06. That’s because its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine unleashes 650 HP and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm)of torque to the rear wheels from 3,600 rpm. That’s a huge amount, but in the right hands, it can lead to spectacular results.

  • eb110americana

    It almost seems like the throttle stuck open. You can see that he almost instantly hit the brakes (whether that hurt or helped is open to interpretation) but you can still hear the engine under load at the same time. Maybe that’s just the sound echoing, but you can see that there are some mods to the car after it crashes, so it is possible that something was not setup correctly. Definitely should not have turned off stability control that has many levels to it before “off.”

    I’m generally of the opinion that in cases like this, you should “fix it with steering (FWS).” He did not dial in nearly enough opposite lock, and the braking unloaded the rear even worse. However, being that close to the barrier means that you have to commit to one or the other without even thinking. And if there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that he did not think.

    • pcurve

      Sounds like he got on the gas too quickly and too early when there was still residual lateral load coming out of that corner.

    • chuck2

      >It almost seems like the throttle stuck open.

      Ah, no, He is rolling into the gas, so it would not be WFO. You can see the tire marks of the car before, he either was trying to close or something.

  • Mr. EP9

    That’ll buff out.

  • john1168

    On the gas too hard and too soon??? That’s what it sounded like…

  • charlie bear

    Is it only me or the tow truck was racing also afterwords?

  • Abu Sayyaff

    Classic case for Corvettes .. you could never tell where chassis limit is !! American Junk

  • fuller

    this guy was distracted by the girl passenger that why he loose control

  • Vassilis

    Yeah it wasn’t the track in this particular one…

  • DMax

    Even 30 years ago C4s were top performance cars. Just same fools keep saying American cars can’t turn etc.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    hello instagram followers that i dont know == i just fcked up my Z06….. 😡 LOL

  • chuck2

    fightclub rule #1 – dont treat ring like a day a beach.

  • Bo Hanan

    Ring is no place for a Vette, as the little 4 cylinder-turbos go marching by.

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