This image comes to us via the enthusiast community DigitalCorvettes.com where member gpetry posted the picture of a metallic blue 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe precariously slammed against a large rock wall. The email came from a friend in Arizona who was driving along a twisty stretch of road when he came upon the blue C7 Stingray battered and beaten in the ditch. That friend explained that the 2014 Corvette had apparently hit the guardrail on the left side before bouncing back across the road into the ditch and against the rock wall. The person who caught this picture also stated that the damage was worse than it looks in the image.
Little is known right now about the details that lead up to the wrecked 2014 Corvette Stingray shown on the right but we can make a few assumptions based on what we can see. First, the blue C7 coupe is wearing Michigan manufacturer plates so it is a safe bet that this is a General Motors test mule and since there has been no story about an automotive journalist wrecking a new Corvette – we can bet that this car was piloted by a member of the General Motors test team when the accident occurred. Beyond that, your guess is as good as ours as the General hasn’t had anything to say about the wrecked Vette thus far. The worst case scenario is that the blue C7 Stingray was performing some on road testing when something went wrong and the test driver was unable to avoid bouncing off of the guardrail and slamming into the rock wall. The best case scenario is that this Stingray was being used for real world crash testing in a desolate area in Arizona but considering the fact that the witness who took the picture stated that police were arriving on the scene – it seems to be unlikely that GM would crash a car on a public road without having the authorities on site.
In any case, this shot from Digital Corvettes shows that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe looks great in the new metallic blue hue with what looks to be the Z51 handling package as well. While the damage was said to be worse than it looked, the C7 Corvette in the image above on the right really doesn’t appear to be too badly beat up. Based on what we can see, it looks as though the Corvette could possibly be driven away once a tow truck pulled it out of the ditch. That is, of course, depending on the condition of the passenger’s side wheels which could be pretty severe considering the odd posturing of the rear right corner up against the rock wall. Honestly, the driver’s side damage appears to be restricted to some scuffed paint and wheels. Other than the fact that the driver’s door is open, it looks like the impact hasn’t bent up the Corvette as it looks like all of the body lines still meet each other as they should.
On the behalf of us here at TorqueNews, our readers and the millions in the automotive world who sorrowfully enjoy seeing images like this, I commend the friend of Digital Corvettes member gpetry along with the enthusiasts at DigitalCorvettes.com for giving the world this opportunity. Accidents during testing happen but without the quick camera phone action of an automotive enthusiast on the scene and without devout communities like Digital Corvettes, the automotive industry wouldn’t be as informed as it is. Hooray for forums! (You can check out this wrecked Corvette image in larger form by clicking the link below.)