A probable prototype of the still-secret Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray hybrid sports car has been pictured being tested without any cover-up, suggesting that its official reveal may soon arrive.
Chevrolet has yet to confirm that it is working on such a model, but it’s a well-known secret in Detroit that it is expected to combine the Corvette’s 6.2-liter V8 with an electric motor and two additional electric motors mounted on it. the front to give everything. pulling capacity.
Previous test cars have been spotted with an Acura NSX, which features a similar mid-engined and all-wheel-drive hybrid setup.
GM filed for the E-Ray name in 2015 towards the start of development for the current mid-engined Corvette platform – which has a secure tunnel in the middle that’s perfect for a small hybrid battery – but never explained what. she serves. .
The undisguised car features the wide body of the recently unveiled 2023 Corvette Z06, but with a different exhaust configuration and the photographer reports to Fox News Autos that it sounded very different from the Z06, which is powered by an exotic V8 at flat crank, unlike the pushrod motor used in the Corvette Stingray.
Rumors have it that the E-Ray is a competitor to the NSX with around 600 hp, but there has also been talk of a Corvette ZR1 hybrid that could follow it with up to 1,000 hp.
The currently available Corvette Stingray is equipped with a 490-495 hp version of the V8. With over 25,000 sales this year through September, it was a resounding success for Chevrolet, which has struggled to keep up with demand due to the current shortage of semiconductors and parts plaguing the auto industry. .