In the US a lawsuit has been filed against GM alleging the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is not the track beast that it’s cracked up to be.
The lawsuit claims a defect in the cooling system causes the car to go into “limp home” mode after just 15 minutes of track work.
Anyone who has experienced this will know it drastically reduces the power output of the car and of course limits the speed.
In the context of a race track this can be very dangerous, it is claimed.
The lawsuit further alleges overheating as a result of the defect can warp vital engine components, leading to to costly repairs.
The problem is not just confined to the track, claims law firm Hagens Berman, that has filed the suit in the District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Hagens Berman alleges GM was aware of the issue yet failed to warn owners of the car.
“We believe we’ve found GM to be guilty of a classic bait and switch – one that cost thousands of consumers dearly, up to $120,000, and broke state consumer protection laws,” managing partner, Steve Berman, said in a statement.
“GM enticed race enthusiasts with bells and whistles, promising a car that could maintain safe speeds and power when tracked, but we believe what it sold them was far from what it promised.
“This defect not only damages the Z06 engine, but endangers drivers.
“The defect in question markedly limits the car’s performance – the sole reason these hotrod enthusiasts bought the Corvette Z06 in the first place.
“If they’d known of this defect at the time of purchase, they likely wouldn’t have spent six figures on the Z06,” Berman said.
The lawsuit alleges GM violated state and federal laws, breached warranty and is guilty of fraud by concealment.
It is seeking a payout for affected owners that extends to the diminished resale value of the car because many people now associate the Z06 with overheating problems.