Purists, shield your eyes because this space is about to get a little green. We reported on the latest spy shots of the proposed 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1 just yesterday, but recent photos from AutoGuide have the internet in a fury of new rumors. The biggest piece? It sort of, maybe, kind of looks like there’s a hybrid system sitting in the rear hatch of the 2018 Corvette ZR1.
According to LSXtv, Chevrolet was pretty adamant about staying clear of the rear hatch area of this prototype vehicle, but an overhead shot clearly shows battery packs of some sort and plenty of wires showing face to the camera’s eye. Is it possible the ZR1 will utilize a hybrid system of sorts? Or is this a new Corvette variant altogether?
It’s certainly possible this ZR1 prototype could be simply testing a future hybrid application for the Corvette, after all, General Motors has trademarked the E-Ray name. But it’s equally as possible the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1 could use a system to help boost power ratings and increase efficiency somewhat. We know it can be done, simply look at the Porsche 918 Spyder.
As for the old-fashioned equipment, we’re still expecting a larger supercharger to find its way under the hood, and the bulging hood seems to agree with us. One thing is certain: this will be one hell of a Corvette, and possibly a swan song before a mid-engine Corvette shows face to the world in just a couple of years.