Could General Motors, Chevrolet and the Corvette team be working on an electrified Corvette? That’s for speculation to continue to run rampant following the trademarking of the “Corvette E-Ray” and “E-Ray” name.
In the meantime, Car and Driver’s very own Don Sherman has weighed in on the matter. Sherman is a self-professed Corvette enthusiast, and the latest news got him thinking about how the current C7 Corvette Stingray could be hybridized. Granted, if the “E-Ray” is a real thing, who knows if all-new technology and-or a new platform is underpinning such an idea.
He goes on to explain the following:
I’d do it by rearranging components behind the rear axle.
Hanging a motor/generator onto the rear of the differential would be the way to go. The added electric machine would capture normally squandered energy during deceleration and braking. The electricity would be stored in one or more compact lithium-ion battery packs also located at the rear of the Corvette. Then, during acceleration, this device would operate as a motor to ease the engine’s labor, yielding a slight fuel-economy improvement.
Granted, there would be much reconfiguration to occur to make this happen, and he explains the added weight would most likely keep a hybrid Corvette from attaining similar C7 Z06 numbers with its staunch 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8.
Though, we’re sure there’s weight to be cut elsewhere.