The 2020 C8 Corvette continues to draw attention. The mid-engine design that was meant to emulate the handling of higher-priced, European-style sports cars initially drew mixed reactions from Corvette enthusiasts.
However, multiple outlets have reported that all 40,000 of the models allocated to U.S. dealers sold out before Thanksgiving. Right now, the only thing holding the iconic car back is a production delay stemming from a worker strike last year.
However, for those of you who either didn’t act fast enough to reserve your C8, or lacked the $60,000 needed to take one home, there is another way you can get behind the wheel.
The National Corvette Museum has partnered with NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky to offer track sessions with the new Corvette. Per a report on Cnet.com, anyone 18 years or older with a valid driver's license can take the helm of the eighth-generation Corvette … for $299.
That $300 gives you four lead-follow laps around the 3.2-mile road course. Basically, this means there will be a pace car out in front of you so you can’t rip around the track like Vin Diesel.
Now, as an individual who some could argue has spent ridiculous sums of money on sporting events and comic books, I’m not judging if you want to plunk down $300 bucks for the experience.
Something to consider, however, is that the 2019 Corvette ZR-1 holds the second fastest time for a production car on this track. It completed a lap in just over 2.5 minutes. Based on my math, which admittedly is shaky at best, this equates to an average speed of about 77 mph.
So, if the pace car lets you average 55 mph, your lap time will be about 3-and-a-half minutes. That means you get to drive the 6.2-liter, V8-engine powered C8 for a grand total of just under 15 minutes.
For those interested in scheduling a session, click here.