C8 Corvette Rolling Through Floods Gives ‘Chevy Runs Deep’ New Meaning
There’s a thin line between bravery and stupidity when it comes to fording floodwaters in a vehicle. The general recommendation is to just find a route around water, but that makes too much sense, especially in Florida, where vehicle-related activities usually take a worthwhile turn. This Corvette C8 is no exception to this rule.
Several viral videos have emerged over the weekend showing a new Chevrolet Corvette making its way through a section of flooded water in South Florida, where the C8 was submerged up to its hood in murky water .
Parts of Florida’s Miami-Dade area were flooded over the weekend as a suspected tropical storm dumped rainwater across the state’s coastal area. In fact, some areas received more than 10 inches of rain between Friday and Saturday, leaving homes flooded and vehicles stranded. That being said, we don’t know exactly what was going through this Corvette driver’s mind as he tested the waters, but the short video clips show the car pushing through the flood almost as if the water is n wasn’t even there.
To be fair, the water is deceptively high, especially considering the cars parked right next to the street barely have water above the wheels. However, as the C8 pushes through the water, the liquid begins to flood the front trunk of the mid-engined sports car and create a ripple effect on the streets. At one point, you can see the wake generated by the Corvette pushing a Toyota Corolla out of its parking space.
It’s even more amazing that the Corvette didn’t lock up its engine due to high water. Unlike previous-generation Corvettes, the C8 is mid-engined with its engine sitting in the rear of the car rather than under the hood. The top of the scoops along the side of the car supply air in its naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8, which means water could have easily made its way somewhere it shouldn’t have been and resulted in an expensive solution.
Either way, this owner got lucky. Although he dared to drive through the floodwaters, the car emerged seemingly in the same condition as it entered. Maybe next time this driver should heed advice from the National Weather Service: turn around don’t drown.