Don’t expect to see too many C7 Corvettes Z06s in professional drifting competitions anytime soon.
That’s the word from Sue Callaway, senior automotive editor at Time Inc.
It’s time for Throwback Thursday where we feature vintage photos of Corvettes. Here’s a picture of two classic Corvettes drifting around a corner of a race track.
Exotics Racing in Las Vegas bills itself as “The Ultimate Driving Experience.”
Chloe Mortaud, winner of the Miss France title in 2009, certainly wouldn’t argue.
As this video opens, a helicopter lands in the desert, and out comes the 25-year-old beauty queen, dressed in a low-cut black blouse with spike heels.
Driving in ice and snow is an experience most drivers would just as soon forego.
But, for British journalist Chris Knapman, the experience was “technically challenging” and “at times, just plain scary,” as he recently maneuvered a Corvette Z06 around an ice track at the Laponie Ice Driving school in Sweden, just 50 miles from the Arctic Circle.
And to think, some of us Corvette drivers won’t even let our cars get wet in a rain shower!
We can debate all day long on whether the ability to slide your car around corners with the tires spinning and a huge cloud of smoke is a real form of “racing”. But where we will probably find agreement in is that the art of drifting is definitely something that takes a lot of practice to do right. The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah has spent many hours behind the wheel of various autos and even he admitted to not having a clue on how to properly drift. So he headed to the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving where Formula Drift newcomer Corey Hosford was ready for a full day of instruction.
Fitting nicely into our recent theme of green Corvettes comes this video from somewhere in Europe featuring a Corvette Z06 powered by natural gas. The oval track was measured at 400 feet in circumference and our hero in the lime-green Z06 drifted 25 complete rotations for a total of 9,925 feet. The previous record is mentioned in the video at 6,285 feet.