Video: A ZR1 Wipes Out At Buttonwillow

Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California is known as one of the premiere race and test tracks in the States. This is because of the track’s ability to function as a multi-venue speedway, namely because of its East and West loops which can either hold two events separately or together as a 3.1 mile solid track.

Because of its unique, multiloop layout and state-of-the-art facility, Buttonwillow has become a popular choice of track not only for car racing enthusiasts, but for go karters, motorcycle racers, media outlets and others. As seen in our featured video, it’s also a popular testing ground for the new generation of ZR1 ‘Vette, though the track proves here to not love the ZR1 as much as it loves Buttonwillow.

What looks like a firm run in and out of various turns suddenly goes awry as the once-clean, ’10 ZR1 takes a little bit of a mud bath. Truth be told, it’s a sad sight to see one of the most beautiful ‘Vettes in GM’s history take a bad turn into a sandpit, and the supercharged supercar causes a dirt devil that looks kind of cool on camera, though we assume that the dirt slinging showcase was one that was unplanned.

Our featured video is kind of an oxymoron, because as much as it serves as a testament to the ZR1’s road racing abilities it also serves as concrete evidence of what not to do with your late model ‘Vette on a road course.

One of the key features of the ZR1 in particular is its self-adjusting suspension; it’s only a shame that that technology couldn’t pull through on the Buttonwillow turns!

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Salvatore Alaimo

After graduating from California State University, Northridge, California, Sal Alaimo Jr. has continued with his passion of the automotive industry. Alaimo's been an auto enthusiast since his early years, and grew up learning about cars from his father, Sal Alaimo Sr. If its got a set of fat rear tires and 8-cylinders, Alaimo Jr. is all for it. Today, Alaimo Jr. brings with him a pool of enthusiasm and pride as a contributing freelance writer for Chevy Hardcore.
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