Based mostly on a trademark submitting with the USPTO, what was known as Grand Sport will morph into E-Ray for the 2023 mannequin 12 months. What’s extra, the first-ever hybrid Corvette is predicted with e-AWD as a substitute of RWD.
Obtain a replica of the proprietor’s handbook for the Stingray, and on web page 244, you might be offered with a diagram of a fuse box that features a fuse for the pedestrian-friendly alert system and a fuse for the battery pack.
The place is the battery situated, you ask? The Society of Automotive Engineers believes that it’s going to be housed within the middle tunnel, which makes loads of sense as a result of the mid-engine sports activities automotive makes use of a transaxle. As for the e-AWD system talked about within the opening paragraph, two AC electrical motors rated at greater than 50 ponies every are alleged to drive the entrance wheels.
Intelligent software program will allow superior torque vectoring, which goes to make the E-Ray a hoot within the corners. Extra weight over the entrance axle must also deal with the understeery nature of the Stingray. Estimated with 600-plus horsepower, of which 495 horsepower may be attributed to the LT2 small-block V8 with the NPP exhaust, the E-Ray will arrive proper after the Z06.
As an alternative of pushrods, you possibly can stay up for a DOHC valvetrain and a flat-plane crankshaft that can allow the Z06 to rev past 8,000 rpm. For reference, the Shelby GT350 includes a 5.2-liter FPC engine with an 8,250-rpm gasoline cutoff, 526 horsepower, and 429 pound-feet (582 Nm) of torque.
The powerplant within the Z06 might be upgraded with a pair of turbos for the ZR1, which is predicted for the 2024 mannequin 12 months. Not lengthy after that, Normal Motors will roll out the Zora with a hybrid twin-turbo V8 and e-AWD.
A Corvette-styled SUV is into account too, however versus the sports activities automotive, the utility car might be solely electrical. In line with Normal Motors vice chairman of design Michael Simcoe, the Ultium household of lithium-ion batteries and drive items might be utilized by Chevrolet for “full-size pickup vans, compact crossovers, and even high-performance automobiles.”