Chevrolet Corvette Buyers Finally Learn to Drive with Ron Fellows Stingray School
The Chevrolet Corvette has always been one of the best performing cars sold in America, but the high-ish price of the Corvette has attracted a certain demographic that doesn’t have the best reputation in the world of performance driving. Let’s be honest – the vast majority of new Corvette buyers are older folks who have the resources to afford a $70,000 sports car while often not having the capacity to handle the power. I understand that there are plenty of Corvette drivers who are neither old nor inexperienced, but anyone who knows the industry knows that most new Corvette buyers are older folks. This is why so many internet forums are chock full of “kill stories” with cars that are slower on paper beating up on a Corvette when the driver doesn’t know how to get away from the line.
To a lesser extent, this lack of performance driving experience displayed by the average babyboomer who adds a new Stingray to his or her stable presents an element of danger to everyone else on the road as inexperience and an inability to correct driving mistakes is far more likely to cause accidents with a car like the Corvette. In other words, a 68 year old man is more likely to lose control of a 2014 Corvette Stingray than he is a 2014 Cadillac XTS or a BMW 7 Series.
“We designed the Corvette Stingray to make its owners better drivers through technologies such as the Driver Mode Selector, Active Rev Match, electronic limited-slip differential and more,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, global Chevrolet. “Through the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School, they’ll learn to make the most of its technologies and delve deeper into the Corvette’s capabilities, resulting in a more exciting and fulfilling driving experience.”
To help fix all of these problems at once, General Motors has teamed up with the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School to offer “Stingray School” for owners of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. For just $1,000, C7 Stingray owners can travel to the Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump Nevada where they will receive classroom training and on-track experience in how to handle the new Corvette when pushing it to its limits.
“We are proud to be the official high-performance driving school for Chevrolet and the Corvette Stingray,” said Fellows. “Our goal is to ensure every driver leaves with enhanced driving skills, more confidence on the street and track and, most of all, a deeper understanding of his or her Corvette’s capabilities and how to safely enjoy the car to the fullest.”
Ron Fellows is a legendary Corvette racer, having won races all over the world in a Chevrolet Corvette race car before opening his high performance driving school at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort. A two-day class of this type at Fellows’ school usually costs $2,500 so C7 owners who attend Stingray School will be saving $1,500. This price is good for one year from the date of purchase and is non-transferrable from the original owner. Owners will not need to bring their Stingray to Pahrump as the school has new Corvettes on hand, but participants will need to cover their own travel and hotel accommodations.
“It’s more than simply going fast and learning when to turn and apply the throttle,” said Fellows. “Mind speed and decision-making are key elements in the high-performance world, and our car control exercises and on-track training will help drivers improve their ability to process information quickly and accurately, resulting in a better coordination of eyes, hands and feet to improve their driving skill. It’s great fun – and drivers will definitely challenge their limits to find the limits of the new Stingray.”
Jokes about older drivers aside, this is a remarkable opportunity for 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray owners to learn how to handle their new American sports car from some of the best in the racing world. Even if you are a 2014 Corvette owner who never plans on pushing the car all that hard, an educational experience like this one will make you a better driver under all circumstances. Plus, this should help a great many babyboomers prevent getting beaten up by stock Ford Mustang GT’s at stop lights around the US.
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