No one ever likes to be in a crash, but the accident involving a 2014 Corvette Stingray and another car last week could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
There’s nothing like a real world test to find out how safe a car is going to be, and the Stingray’s T-bone hit in the passenger door by a Lincoln Town Car is offering GM’s safety engineers a good look at how their latest creation held up.
GM spokesman Monte Doran called the crash last week “the most serious crash to date” involving a seventh-generation Corvette.
“We can’t take it to the local Chevy dealer,” Doran said. “It has been trucked back to Milford (home of GM’s vehicle proving grounds). The safety team will look at it and decide whether it’s repairable. They will also study the (car’s) real-world performance.”
An unidentified GM employee was driving the Stingray as part of a test fleet when the accident happened.
The test fleet evaluation “is our last step in the production launch,” Doran said. “We take cars and put them in the hands of employees to make sure there are no issues.”
Doran did not know if anyone was injured in the crash but said it represented “an opportunity” to evaluate the car’s safety.
Based on photos of the accident, the Corvette appears to have held up exceptionally well compared to the Lincoln, which looks to have suffered major front-end damage.
We already reported a single-vehicle accident involving a Stingray in Arizona back in February, but Doran confirmed a second previously unreported crash involving a C7 and another vehicle in Michigan two months ago.