The world has taken a beating with the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe at an unprecedented rate. For the most part, the automotive world has shut down almost completely, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some entertaining car news stories to come ouf of it. While cancellations of events and delays in production of cool new cars like the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible have dominated headlines, here are five of the coolest news stories to come out of the pandemic.
- Drunk Corvette Driver Nabbed At 192 MPH On His Way For Breakfast
Just two weeks ago, a Washington state trooper clocked the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette flying down the road in Snohomish County at a recorded 192 mph. At this speed, the man was doing more than three times the posted speed limit of 60 mph. As the driver departed the highway, he was pulled over while turning onto Washington State Route 9. The 31-year-old was then questioned about his actions, to which he claimed he was rushing “on his way to breakfast.” After being charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving, it might have turned out to be a bit more of an expensive breakfast than he was expecting.
- COVID-19 Forces Mini To Rename New Wheel Design
It hasn’t even hit many showrooms yet, and already the new fully electric Mini Cooper SE has been the center of some coronavirus controversy. In the midst of automakers stepping forward to produce masks and ventilators, Mini faced a different problem altogether. The Cooper SE’s signature wheel design, which features four rounded oblong shapes inside a yellow rim, had to be renamed after executives thought the 17-inch wheel design named Corona Spoke might be bad for business. It may have only appeared on certain trims, but considering when the wheel was designed, the world hadn’t even heard of COVID-19, we’d say this is just bad luck for Mini!
- Good Guy Ford Wants To Pay Your Rent
Who says there aren’t good people left in the world? While people stay at home and some lose their jobs over COVID-related lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, Koons Silver Spring Ford, a dealer in the D.C. area was willing to pay a customer’s rent or mortgage for two if the customer bought a new Ford vehicle during the month of April. It wasn’t limited to just Ford models, but also included Lincoln and Mazda models sold at the dealership. The offer was to the value of $1,500 per month and was in addition to other incentives offered by Ford such as crazy $5,000 discounts on select F-150 pickups.
- Lamborghini Makes Designer PPE For Italian Healthcare Workers
Italy has been one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, but both Lamborghini and Ferrari have been happy to play their part in raising funds and supplying healthcare workers with protective equipment and ventilators for sick patients. Lamborghini converted its entire saddlery department into a manufacturing facility for face masks, trading out expensive leather-clad bucket seats for cloth face masks and face shields. The face masks themselves are fairly ordinary, but the fact that they have the Lamborghini production label on them means that in a few years’ time, an unsealed box of these is likely to fetch a very high asking price, we’d imagine.
- COVID Lockdown Means Paradise For Street Racers
“Street’s closed pizza boy, find another way home,” used to be how street racers got rid of people getting in their way, but with stay-at-home orders issues in most states, the streets have been dead quiet and racers have taken full advantage. Toronto has seen a spike in illegal street racing, with 18 drivers arrested on the Don Valley Parkway in just one week, with speeds recorded as high as 106 mph.