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TheStradman reveals how his new Corvette C8 has already been damaged

Published: 16/Mar/2020 13:35

by Connor Bennett

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Popular car YouTuber TheStradman has revealed how, after one day of owning a Chevrolet Corvette C8, he has already suffered vandalism to his new set of wheels. 

Like many other cars focused YouTubers, TheStradman has a wide selection of vehicles that he makes videos around – be it because he’s taken them for a few laps around a track, thrown on some modifications, or wanted to present a mini Top Gear-inspired review of his vehicle.

Just like plenty of other car fanatics, the popular content creator – who has over 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube – took delivery of a brand-new Corvette C8 and quickly moved to show it off to his legion of fans. However, one thing had already gone wrong as he had suffered some minor damage right off the bat. 

YouTube: TheStradman
TheStradman is one of YouTube’s most popular car content creators.

In his new video, TheStradman had been taking his newly delivered vehicle for a spin but before he got behind the wheel, he noted that things hadn’t got off to the best of starts. 

“I can’t believe this has actually happened, day one of C8 Corvette ownership, somebody has already ‘vandalized’ the car,” he said, zooming his camera in on the back of the car and noting how someone had “ripped” his temporary tag and broke his license plate frame. 

Though the damage was pretty minor, and it wasn’t like somebody had damaged a wing mirror or wheels, it was enough for the police to get involved – with the YouTuber heading back to his dealership in order to get things figured out.

With the old plate reported as stolen, TheStradman managed to get a new temporary tag fitted so that he could get back on the road, as he headed down to Miami, Florida on a 15-hour drive.

Thankfully for the YouTuber, his car managed to survive a night without any further damage and kept the new temporary plates in place.

As his ownership of the car continues, TheStradman will more than likely have some pretty neat ideas up his sleeve for customization so we’ll just have to wait and see what he does next.

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SSC accused of faking 331mph speed record revealed on Top Gear

Published: 27/Oct/2020 11:53

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the automotive world rocked by the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking run during October 2020, YouTuber Shmee 150 has raised a number of doubts about the credibility of their record.

Land speed records are nothing new – ever since the dawn of the motor car, drivers have been competing to go faster and faster in an all-out race to beat each other’s top speeds.

With competitors Bugatti having set the previous production car speed record of 304.77mph in a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, SSC has now obliterated their record… or have they?

SSC tuatara speed run
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The SSC Tuatara is the record holder for the world’s fastest production car, but many have pointed out there are issues with the footage.

Top Gear announces SSC Tuatara speed record

When BBC’s Top Gear announced the breaking news that the SSC Tuatara had broken the production car speed records, the automotive world went into pandemonium. To break any speed record is an incredible achievement, but to do so by such a massive margin is almost unheard of.

The record attempt itself was also unusual in that it was carried out on a stretch of public road. A closed-off section of dead-straight road near Las Vegas provided the setting, totaling seven miles long.

Unfortunately for SSC and potentially for Top Gear, a number of popular online personalities and journalists have now called out SSC, claiming that the record is “fake.”

SSC World Record run controversy

YouTuber Shmee150 has been one such journalist, and put out a very convincing video debunking the record attempt on October 26.

The first major issue that he identified is that the tires on the Tuatara were allegedly ‘stock’ tires. Since they were not made specifically for the record attempt (to the best of his knowledge) they would’ve been rated for a significantly lower speed than 300+ mph.

Shmee then goes further to discuss the timings between set points on the route. By calculating the distance covered and the time it took for the Tuatara to cover that distance, he was able to work out a rough average speed.

SSC Footage slowed down?

Unfortunately, the speed between the first and second point that he highlighted is significantly different to that shown by the on-board footage that Top Gear released. According to his calculations, either the onboard footage was slowed down “by around 30%” for some reason, or the figures shown are totally wrong.

He also points out that the dashboard was obscured in the first-person view footage, despite the fact the reading should’ve mirrored that of the telemetry. As Shmee points out, the car is always going faster than the calculated average speed, which is a “mathematical impossibility.. you can’t dispute [it].”

By Shmee’s calculations, the Tuatara only reached a peak speed of “around 280 miles an hour”. Given that the original video was a Top Gear exclusive, it will be interesting to see how this situation develops.