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    I've watched a few videos showing accidents that have me baffled and concerned. A vehicle that was traveling behind a C8, and had GoPro operating, shows a C8 traveling on a major hwy at about 40mph, that appeared to be dogged by a vehicle in front of him. When that vehicle moved, the C8 apparently put the petal to the metal, took off like a rocket, but after a few seconds, the rear end lost traction causing the vehicle to veer into the left lane, cross into oncoming traffic, and fortunately suffered no injuries, but significant damage to his car. My question is why did his rear end loose traction and cause the c8 to go out of control. I had a C6 Z51, never came close to experiencing the problem. Any thoughts, Ive seen several videos exhibiting the same scenario?

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    The C8 is inherently more stabile (yaw control) than any front engine Corvette before. However, might the pavement have been wet? Might the front wheels have been cocked at an angle when the driver’s adrenaline took over and he shock-floored it fully in an instant? Did the driver stupidly have all or many safety systems turned off on a busy public street (e.g. traction control, etc)? There are lots of circumstances we do not know about that could have caused “the driver” to lose control.

    Cars do not lose control. Drivers not driving them in accord to their surroundings, lose control.
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    • #3
      Maybe he had disabled traction control and didn't keep his wheels straight when the car downshifted. To me this car is not at all unstable or scary. It is very predictable at the limits. My C7 Z06 would get you sideways very easily in the 1st 3 gears. This C8 just goes. The loose nut behind the wheel may need to educate himself on a track.
      Respect the power these cars have.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Willf View Post
        My question is why did his rear end loose traction and cause the c8 to go out of control.
        Yea, hard to believe with the engine in back and traction control. Guess there's a limit to everything. Sounds like a bad driving maneuver.

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        • #5
          This car is more predictable than most drivers.....
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Willf View Post
            I've watched a few videos showing accidents that have me baffled and concerned. A vehicle that was traveling behind a C8, and had GoPro operating, shows a C8 traveling on a major hwy at about 40mph, that appeared to be dogged by a vehicle in front of him. When that vehicle moved, the C8 apparently put the petal to the metal, took off like a rocket, but after a few seconds, the rear end lost traction causing the vehicle to veer into the left lane, cross into oncoming traffic, and fortunately suffered no injuries, but significant damage to his car. My question is why did his rear end loose traction and cause the c8 to go out of control. I had a C6 Z51, never came close to experiencing the problem. Any thoughts, Ive seen several videos exhibiting the same scenario?
            Do you have a link to that video? It sounds very much like one I saw that was a C7 Z06. Are you sure it was a C8?
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            • #7
              Your comments on this issue make a lot of sense.

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              • #8
                No the vehicle in the referenced accident was a C8 for sure, and conditions were clear and dry.

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                • #9
                  I think it's safe to assume that traction control and stabilitrack was off. Maybe driving in competition or PTM on?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Willf View Post
                    No the vehicle in the referenced accident was a C8 for sure, and conditions were clear and dry.
                    Would still like to see the video if you have a link. Thanks.
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                    • #11
                      Well. If the C8 petal is pressed to the floor and if, at that time, there is some angle to the steering, then the driver should be aware and nimble with the steering wheel. Perhaps ready to giggle it as necessary, adjust to any movement of the tail, under angle, on full throttle. It is a powerful car. Driver proactivity. Not passive.

                      But the C8 is not a whip like the old 911s. C8 gives warning. It is a good teammate, mine is, so far.

                      Seems like one should be able to drift it a little. The diver might want to be able to slide it, drift a little. I'm not a drifter. But it should be a card in the C8 deck. Lots of modes and options and they make many cars in one. I I'm going to horse around then I need to practice all of them. Public roads are unforgiving. Showing off inherently involves risk. The risk is what makes it so cool, The riskier the cooler. if you pull it off. I see young in the Hell Cats. They really, really cool.

                      before the C8 tail swings out it will ask you whether you want to dance a nd gives you a chance to say no.
                      Last edited by SheepDog; 11-13-2020, 09:44 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Reading this post reminded me of this video I saw on YouTube a while back. C8 goes sideways in a flash and crashes into the barrier at the track doing a quarter mile run.

                        https://youtu.be/uCswP1mbVfU

                        When I saw this, I was wondering if a half shaft broke...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Willf View Post
                          I've watched a few videos showing accidents that have me baffled and concerned. A vehicle that was traveling behind a C8, and had GoPro operating, shows a C8 traveling on a major hwy at about 40mph, that appeared to be dogged by a vehicle in front of him. When that vehicle moved, the C8 apparently put the petal to the metal, took off like a rocket, but after a few seconds, the rear end lost traction causing the vehicle to veer into the left lane, cross into oncoming traffic, and fortunately suffered no
                          injuries, but significant damage to his car. My question is why did his rear end loose traction and cause the c8 to go out of control. I had a C6 Z51, never came close to experiencing the problem. Any thoughts, Ive seen several videos exhibiting the same scenario?
                          You just haven't looked if you are insinuating this is a C8 thing. There are dozens and dozens of video links to C5, C6 and C7 incidents exactly as you describe them. There is less chance of this thing happening in a C8 than any generation before. a couple quick examples:





                          Last edited by Lacquer; 11-14-2020, 01:09 AM.

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                          • #14
                            So there is an OTA update available which addresses the ELSD Calibration. Makes me wonder if that might be somehow related....

                            https://www.corvetteactioncenter.com...2020-1469.html

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                            • #15
                              I believe the first link is the one you're after and the second link is interesting too...

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jExGL8kpqpY

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFCjIXSiIBk

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