• May 30, 2009
Click above to watch the Corvette Grand Sport launch control

The Corvette Grand Sport features a launch control so simple your little sister could use it while she puts on her mascara at the light. It is also blisteringly effective and makes a whole lot of the right noises, as you can see in this video of a demo run in a dealership parking lot. How's that for a test drive? Follow the jump to check it out. (Note: no warranties were voided in the making of this video.)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like way to much wheel spin to be an effective launch control.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll agree with you that I would much rather see some tires smoking than the tranny but couldn't that be solved by easing on the throttle? Its not an on-off switch you know. But hey, stock Civics can break loose their front tires these days so the Corvette might as well do it too. (Not comparing the two by the way :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe, but something has to give under that amount of force... I'd rather the wheels let go than the dif, driveshaft, or tranny...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dont forget that Launch Control and other electronic aids such as paddle shifters is all about consistency, ofc it's possible to get a better/perfect start with clutch/throttle control but chances are that you will mess up once in a while, you wont with launch control.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have launched controlled, M3's, M5's, and the F430 (normal launch mode) and none of these cars exhibited excessive wheel spin like this.

        The whole point of launch control is to control wheel spin by selected the proper launch RPM, modulate the throttle by wire, and computer management of the traction control for the perfect launch. See example of correct launch control below.

        F1 Imola 2001 - Schumacher Launch Control Setting
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbYmvJluWgQ

        Do you really need a button on the Corvette to do a smokey burn out??? This by definition is NOT launch control. This switch should labeled "REDNECK"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ya i was just gonna say. I don't think he had launch control even on since the wheels aren't supposed to spin at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        regardless of how big a dealer is, it's pretty bold to say they won't lose their franchise (go under) in this day of Marxist regimes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Typically, when making timed acceleration runs, you want to have about 8 feet of slight wheelspin to achieve the best launch.

        On another note, I hate when people scream over the sound of the engine. Even worse is when they play stupid techno music over the video so you can't hear the car. It's so inconsiderate to the rest of us. Let's all make a pact to always keep quiet when filming a desirable car. If you can do it for tennis, you can do it for tire smoke and RPM's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know, despite the amount of wheel spin he hauled ass out of there. I'm curious to see a heads-up between a good driver on a non launch control one and someone in a launch control one.

        Good show one way or another.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "(Note: no warranties were voided in the making of this video.)"

      OH BURN
        • 5 Years Ago
        LETS MOVE ONTO THE NISSAN GT-R VIDEO! oh wait, we can't. there is no video because the owner is too scared of voiding his warranty.

        "The NEW Nissan GT-R: Driver Optional"
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is, your comment ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      OH WOW...a feature so unique and soooo rare...I never have seen it before. WOW
      • 5 Years Ago
      They havent gone into production yet
      • 5 Years Ago
      I gotta agree with Matt, the launch just didn't seem that impressive in the video compared to what a decent driver can just do themselves. It makes it easier for even a brand new driver to do an OK launch, but it doesn't look like it's going to impress anybody if you use it.

      Just from the video you can tell that Popular Mechanic's results are legitimate-a good driver can definitely do better than that. It might not be as hard on the car as the GT-R's launch control was but if you actually plan on learning how to do a decent launch then I just don't see why or when you'd even use this. Isn't the point of launch control to do a "perfect" launch when you want to push the car to the very limit?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Comment system bugged out and put this in the wrong place. But I think I'd rather they made the LC more aggressive and put a use limit on it like BMW does so you can't constantly run LC and tear up the transmission.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so these are the cars consumers are buying? No wonder there are always problems right off the lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's wrong with a little extra wheel spin, in the spirit of fun? Who cares if 0-60 is 4.5 vs. 4.3 seconds -- the point is to show off your muscle car while cruising around town. Impress your friends, impress the girls. That's what muscle cars are about!

      Find me a Beach Boys song that talks about traction control. No way... try this:
      "I get pushed out of shape and it's hard to steer... When I get rubber in all four gears"

      Now that's the lifestyle I'm talking about!

      I hope GM never kills the Corvette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hahaha, "Breaking", that's the word I was going to use too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No matter how many times I have seen a car do a controlled launch the Corvette by far sounded the absolute best! Beautiful! Say what you will, but a true motorhead would have gotten goosebumps after that cylinder symphony!
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL! FThorn has been watching Fox news again. Don't worry they don't know what Marxist means either, so don't worry about the details. Maybe you can use facism and socialism interchangeably like they do next, keeps the George Bush/Republican lovers happy.

      Nice Vette. Wheel spin was a little excessive, it does save drivetrains but this one looks like it was designed more for controlled burnouts than race winning launches.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yes I realize a little wheel spin can be a good thing, like everything else it's a balancing act.

      If you were to program a launch control that hooked 100% from the get go, you would be stuck too low in the rev range and bog the engine. Dropping from redline you will just sit and fishtail.

      I usually launch from about 3500, you get some spin, but it's a balance between being in the right spot in the tachometer and spinning out.
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