Rumor has it General Motors is cooking up a new high-performance C8 Corvette hybrid model, known more popularly as the Corvette E-Ray. Back in December of 2015, GM filed trademark applications for the Corvette E-Ray and E-Ray names, while more recently, spy shots posted in January appear to show a C8 Corvette prototype with a number of orange cables popping out of it. Now, GM Authority has uncovered the function of those cables.
Speaking to sources familiar with the project, GM Authority has learned that the orange cables attached to some C8 Corvette prototypes have a “twist to turn off” feature.
Previously, GM told us that these cables allowed for easy access to the Vette’s 12V battery, which provides a quick way to charge up without running the engine while testing various accessories.
However, we have also heard that the cables are there to provide power to the electric front axle. As such, the orange cables have a “twist” feature to shut the power off in a hurry, if needed.
Meanwhile, the rest of the C8 Corvtte prototype featured here looks identical to a standard mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette with the optional Z51 performance package.
To note, the C8 Corvette hybrid is expected to come with an electric drive unit for the front axle, as well as a quartet of batteries mounted in the middle of the machine. The hybrid system will add 115 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of torque to the mix, with the 6.2L V8 LT2 gas engine once again making 490 horsepower, bringing total output to roughly 600 ponies.
Looking ahead, the C8 Corvette E-Ray hybrid is expected to launch late in 2020, or possibly early in 2021, and will be offered in both a hardtop coupe and hardtop convertible body style.