2014 Chevrolet Corvette: Cold-Engine Redline
November 22, 2013
Hey, that's neat. Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has a cold-engine redline indicator. See it there around the outside edge of the tach?
This isn't the first car to have such an indicator, but I always appreciate these things. Not because I would otherwise beat on the car when stone cold, but because other buyers do. Maybe, just maybe, the cold-engine redline indicator will prevent someone from being a bonehead.
That said, you should see some of the thermal shock testing that OEMs conduct on modern engines. It's crazy. They run the engine on an engine dyno at full load, full power, at max coolant temp. Then they activate a valve and flood the cooling system with ice cold water. Yes, while still running at full power. Then they switch back to full-hot water. And repeat this over and over.
On second thought, maybe I'll just wood it as soon as the engine catches.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor