The buzz that has surrounded the unveiling of the 2020 Corvette Stingray has dominated the car world for nearly a month now. While much of that attention has been positive or downright hopeful, we are here to report that a C8 Corvette has been involved in a motor accident on public roads, and it didn’t take long for it to spark an internet wildfire.
A group of General Motors pre-production Corvettes were trekking across California’s tremendous Highway 120, which is home to some seriously twisty canyon roads when the crash took place. What we can gather from the video and photos of the aftermath is that the Elkhart Lake blue Corvette was carrying some speed when it crossed over the dividing line, striking a Chevy Equinox. The resulting multi-car accident left the C8 Corvette with a rather crunched front end, the Equinox without its rear left wheel, and a third generation Ford Ranger in need of a face lift.
All of this carnage took place mere feet away from the canyon’s edge, with the Equinox coming to rest on the guardrail itself. While we can’t say for sure what happened, it is clear in the accident photos that the Corvette was wearing GoPro mounts during the time of the crash. Luckily, no one involved in the accident was seriously hurt.
Oddly enough, this is not the first time that a pre-production Corvette has met its end via a car accident. Back in 2013, a GM test driver wrecked a C7 Corvette Stingray prototype on a similar mountain road in Arizona. There was also the infamous moment at the 2018 Belle Isle Grand Prix, where a 2019 Corvette ZR1 spun into the wall during the opening parade lap. The weirdest part about all of these crashes is the fact that all three cars were wearing blue paint. We’re not sure what to do with this data, but feel free to give suggestions in the comments below.