2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Competitive Driving Mode
January 13, 2011
It's interesting that back in 2002, Chevy made it easier to get to the "everything off" mode of stability/traction control than it was to get to the Competitive Driving mode. Just one press of the Active Handling button on our 2002 Corvette Z06 turns all the driver aids (save ABS) off, while it takes holding the button for 5 seconds to get to the Competitive Driving mode. You'd think they would have made it simpler to get to the Save Yourself From Your Own Jackasseriness mode (which is basically what the Competitive Driving setting is, with the liberal amount of sliding freedom it allows before intervening to prevent a spinout/crash) than to get to the "You're on your own, buddy, hope you have some semblance of driving skill," full off mode.
I'm not complaining, mind you, as I like that it's so easy to get to stability control off in our Z06. But Chevy engineers obviously rethought that approach, as these days one press of the Active Handling button in a Corvette turns traction control off and two presses brings you to Competitive Driving mode, while it takes holding the button down for something like 10 seconds to turn everything off.
The 2010 Corvette ZR1 is a little more complex, as its Performance Traction Management system brings with it the ability to swap between five levels of stability control/traction control within the Competitive Driving mode.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 56,195 miles