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Old 12-22-2015, 04:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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E-Ray, the Corvette goes electric?! (or plugin hybrid)

The rumored next gen Chevrolet Corvette might be mid-engined, the engine parallel with electric motors on the front & rear axles and also work as generators. A layout makes a very advanced high-performance all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain (like the Porsche 918). Further supporting the mid-engine Corvette hypothesis is Chevrolet also trademarked new platform architecture named Zora, the iconic engineer/designer of the Corvette. If Chevrolet E-Ray goes down the electrified hypercar route, will it still keep its venerable V-8?

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Is Chevy Working On Electric Corvette E-Ray? | GM Authority


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Old 12-22-2015, 07:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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E-Ray would suggest a full electric, no?

I imagine there will be V8 corvettes in one form or another for some time to come, even if the top models gain hybrid (Hy-Ray?) and smaller engines, more basic versions will still be 8's.
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Makes sense. The Corvette has always been the test bed for the next technologies. Hybridization and electrification are undoubtedly amongst them.
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Old 12-22-2015, 04:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks like the 2017 concept could still hold a supercharged small block V-8 amidships but with front end e-motors too. They try to hide the expected multiple exhaust tips. Car and Driver
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Old 12-22-2015, 11:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The rumored next gen Chevrolet Corvette might be mid-engined...
You mean like ever since the 1970s?
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Even if it doesn't go the mid-engine way, a hybrid 'Vette wouldn't sound impossible at all. An electric motor can go between the V8 and the gearbox, instead of the torque converter or the clutch.
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Why not put it aft of the gearbox unless it is one of those infernal transaxles?
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You mean like ever since the 1970s?
...next C8
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http://corvette-concepts.tripod.com/id6.html


http://www.lsxtv.com/news/alessi-ar-1-supercar-the-mid-engine-corvette-we%E2%80%99ve-always-wanted/

In 1947 Ferrari shipped a 1497cc V12. This suggests a 1-liter V-8 is possible.
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1.0L in a 'Vette sounds odd, as this displacement range is seen as a povertry feature in my country.

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Why not put it aft of the gearbox unless it is one of those infernal transaxles?
I don't believe the next 'Vette would get rid of the transaxle.

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