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Our street car was red as well. A Corvette Z06. And just look at it. A 659 hp, supercharged 6.2-litre V8, 881 Nm of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission. An Akrapovič exhaust. A fantastic sound. Like a wind orchestra in full swing.
be his final completed race. Ascari was killed in the following event, the French GP, but his son, famous racing driver Alberto Ascari, was ready to pick up the baton and won in Spa in 1952 and 1953 in a Ferrari. Similar to his son further down the line, Antonio Ascari raced in what was the epitome of racing in the day – a red Alfa Romeo.
What they found there was an altered track that circumvented the Malmedy chicane. It soon became clear that only the most courageous heroes could win on the difficult, fast and dangerous circuit.
Our street car was red as well. A Corvette Z06. And just look at it. A 659 hp, supercharged 6.2-litre V8, 881 Nm of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission. An Akrapovič exhaust. A fantastic sound. Like a wind orchestra in full swing. A very loud wind orchestra. Corvettes have been on the market since 1953 and most of them were sold in the USA. No surprise for an American car. Including all of its singularities. Chevrolet wants to boost the Vette’s sales figures in Europe, though. There is no lack of fans and admirers. But Corvette, despite its idiosyncrasies and its cult status, is not an easy sell in Europe. Regardless of the very favourable price of around 100,000 €. It is easier to see why after you get behind the wheel. There are switches everywhere and while every model is an upgrade and an improvement over the previous one, Corvette remains an exclusively American car inside and out. Midwest mentality. It cannot compete with the Germans and it probably doesn’t want to. I slowly figure out all the knobs around me. The engine roars around me and the car shakes a tiny bit. The new Corvette is a whole 160 kilos heavier than its predecessor, mainly the result of a more durable, rigid chassis. I am getting to know her on the road between Luxembourg and Spa. But I am not in a hurry. There are speed cameras everywhere.