According to the arrest citation, Thim was driving a red Corvette reaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour in the left lane of Lovers Lane, while Derkatz was driving a white Corvette traveling as high as 100 miles per hour in the right lane. Packing a 496 horsepower V8, one can easily hit the speed limit (and beyond) in a matter of seconds.
According to WXYZ Detroit, the two men were street racing Corvette Stingrays in Bowling Green, Kentucky when they were arrested. Police say a breath test detected the odour of alcohol but news outlets report the drivers weren't cited for driving under the influence. The pair are due to appear at Warren District Court for a pretrial hearing on February 18.
Both accused were then released on a $1,000 bond. General Motors says the assembly plant there is the only place in the world where Corvettes are built. Derkatz was in a white Corvette that was clocked at 100 miles per hour.
Alexander Thim, 27, and Mark Derkatz, 30, were stopped by police while racing the luxury cars down a Kentucky road. Two General Motors employees were arrested for allegedly racing new Corvettes on public roads.
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In a statement to The Drive, GM confirmed "an incident involving our test vehicles" and added that it was investigating the matter.
According to their LinkedIn profiles, Thim is a CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) engineer working on induction and exhaust systems, and Derkatz is an electrical engineer - both employees for General Motors. "We have no further comment at this time".
The price of the luxury sport auto starts at $60,000.
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The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette.
The car's starting price in Canada is $70,000.
The 2020 Corvette, which will retail for about $60,000, is the latest version of the sports vehicle and is not yet available to the public.
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