On this Monday morning I’d like to quickly summarize what’s wrong with this country in one video.
Supercars are fun and powerful—I get it. They can instill confidence in a guy or gal that might not otherwise have a ton, and they can convey a message of extreme financial success.
Supercars are masterpieces of the automakers that craft them and often combine the very best of style, technology and performance, then wrap it all in a carbon fiber shell. These are cars to be driven hard, pushed to their limits, and enjoyed as the wonders they are.
But they aren’t for kids.
A tuning company picked up its 2015 Corvette Z06, one of the first in the nation, and promptly reverted to their inner 12-year-olds by performing a smoky burnout while still in the dealer’s lot. It was obviously a planned stunt that resulted in plenty of hoots, hollers and cheers.
I just don’t understand why this is considered cool. It doesn’t take a nearly $100,000 supercar to perform a burnout. In fact, there’s an entire Facebook page devoted to cheap burnout cars. What’s the point? Why is spinning tires on pavement, and creating clouds of smoke, impressing anyone? That’s kind of what rubber does when it generates heat through friction on pavement, whether spun by a brand new Corvette or a used 1984 version.
Much more impressive would have been getting the keys and taking the car straight to the track to get video of its raw performance.
You don’t see buyers in Germany taking delivery of a new Porsche 911 and immediately burning out the tires. Ferrari dealers don’t have customers leaving black marks on their pavement. Why do people in ‘Merica, with their ‘Merican-built cars, think this is behavior worthy of applause?
The new Corvette Z06 has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes an amazing 650 hp and an equally impressive 650 lb-ft of torque. This is as close to a supercar as any of the big three automakers have ever built, and it’s capable of far more than a simple burnout. Let’s treat it as such.
Would you do a burnout with your brand new Corvette Z06?