We’re not due to see the C8 mid-engine Corvette enter production till later this year, but that didn’t stop one Stingray from getting banged up in an accident.
It’s not all that clear what happened as the only video footage comes from a passerby as they were winding around a blind corner somewhere near Yosemite National Park in California. The video was posted to the Corvette Nut YouTube channel and has since been making the rounds online.
First, the footage starts showing what appears to be a convoy of GM vehicles pulled over on the side of the road. This is likely a Corvette roaming showroom that will take the new 2020 Stingray to dealers across the country.
After getting past a GMC Yukon with its tailgate open, we get our first look at the poor Corvette. It’s entire driver’s side has been completely ripped away--including the front driver’s side wheel--and the airbags have all been deployed. Then we see the likely culprit of such devastation, which is an older model Ford Ranger. Since the Ranger is much taller than the ‘Vette, its damage is limited to the lower portion on the driver’s side bumper.
At first, we thought this was a simple matter of the two vehicles clipping each other while rounding the bend, but then we see the real victim of this tragedy. The white SUV is utterly wrecked, with the driver’s side front wheel completely torn away along with the rear bumper. It was hit hard enough to push it on to the guard rail, which must have been exciting for the occupants.
According to Motor1, there haven’t been any serious injuries reported, so we hope everyone got out okay. We also hope that some of those GoPros were rolling and could give us some footage of the accident. Looks like it would have been pretty exciting.
Let’s also hope that the rest of the 2020 Stingrays wandering around the country stay safe as they travel to America’s Chevy dealers.