General Motors employees caught racing in Corvettes, police say

Mark Derkatz of Windsor left and Alexander Thim of West Bloomfield

A pair of General Motors employees were arrested last week for allegedly racing a pair of 2020 Corvette Stingrays through the streets of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Thim was driving a red Corvette that reached a speed of 120 miles per hour, according to the citation. The Kentucky State Trooper says three Corvettes turn on Scottsville Road onto Ken Bale Blvd and accelerate heavily.

That doesn't quite tell the full story, however, USA reports by Automobile magazine and Kentucky's WNKY TV station state that Thim was clocked in one C8 at 120mph (193km/h), while Derkatz was caught in the other at 100mph (161km/h).

Thim and Derkatz were charged with racing a motor vehicle on a public highway, reckless driving and speeding. The citation also says the odor of an alcoholic breath on both drivers.

According to their LinkedIn profiles, Thim is a CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) engineer working on induction and exhaust systems, and Derkatz is an electrical engineer - both employees for General Motors.

Alexander Thim, 27, and Mark Derkatz, 30, were stopped by police while racing the luxury cars down a Kentucky road.

The two were driving 2020 Corvette Stingrays on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green.

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"We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are now investigating", General Motors said in a statement to Automobile.

The day after their arrest, the two men were arraigned at the district court of Warren County, Kentucky, where they were scheduled for their next appearance on February 18.

They have both been released from the Warren County Regional Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Automobile magazine reported that the two men are engineers for the automaker.

Unlike previous generations of the Corvette, the C8 situates its engine mid-car, behind its seats. "We have no further comment at this time", GM told Automobile.

The new mid-engine Chevrolet C8 Corvette is undoubtedly a fast vehicle.

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