The new Corvette limits its performance for the first 500 miles
When leaving the dealership with a new car, it is important not to push the engine too hard during the first few hours of driving to ensure that the break-in is carried out in the most efficient way possible. But when you buy a sports car, it's very tempting to squeeze the throttle while the car is still in the break-in period.
Many impatient owners don't know this, or can't resist the temptation. As a result, some vehicles are automatically programmed to limit certain features. Some Dodges, for example, prevent the use of the launch control. The new Corvette goes even further in this area by limiting its performance for the first 500 miles.
Tadge Jeuchter, the chief engineer of the new Corvette, explained the reasons for this choice. According to Jeuchter, mechanical parts must fit together properly before they can be over-stressed, which can lead to premature breakage. The C8 Corvette has a lower redline for the first 500 miles.
In addition, the car will electronically reduce its torque by 25 to 30 % in first and second gears for the first 500 miles. While this may seem like a big reduction, Jeuchter reassures by saying that the car remains very fast. It's still possible to spin the wheels on certain surfaces! Despite these precautions, a successful break-in process always fully engages the driver of the vehicle.
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