General Motors has abandoned plans to secure rights to the Manta Ray name in the U.S. and Canada. It’s believed that GM has elected to use the E-Ray name on the Chevy Corvette C8 variant once destined to be called Manta Ray.
Here’s how it all went down: five years ago, in June 2015, GM filed trademark applications for “Manta Ray” and “Corvette Manta Ray” in the U.S. as well as for Corvette Manta Ray in Canada. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO ) subsequently granted notice of allowance for both applications, but did not fully approve them until GM filed a document called the Statement of Use. Intended to eliminate a practice known as trademark squatting, the SOU must prove to the office that the applicant is using the name being registered in a real-world product or service. Sources tell us that, GM has abandoned the trademark applications for the Manta Ray names since it’s now planning to use the E-Ray name instead.
|Trademark||Office||Filing Date||Goods & Services||Application Number||Status|
|Manta Ray||USPTO (USA)||June 18, 2015||Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, engines therefor and structural parts thereof||86666844||Abandoned in 2019|
|Corvette Manta Ray||USPTO (USA)||June 18, 2015||Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, engines therefor and structural parts thereof||86666866||Abandoned in 2020|
|Corvette Manta Ray||CIPO/OPIC (Canada)||June 18, 2015||Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, engines therefor and structural parts thereof||1733522||Abandoned|
Expected to launch in 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle, the Corvette E-Ray will be the first of two hybrid models in the mid-engine Corvette C8 range. The C8 E-Ray is expected to pair the 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine from the Corvette C8 Stingray driving the rear wheels with an electric motor up front driving the front wheels. Total estimated total system output should land around 600 horsepower.
The C8 E-Ray is also expected to feature a wide body design to accommodate wider running gear compared to the “base” Stingray. And, as GM Authority was first to report, the E-Ray will take the general place of the C8 Grand Sport in the Corvette lineup.
This places the E-Ray in the middle of the Corvette C8 range, between the base model Stingray and the track-focused C8 Z06, but below the expected C8 ZR1 and the C8 Zora range-toppers. Named after “father of the Corvette” Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Zora will be the other hybrid Corvette, and is expected to have a total system output of around 1,000 horsepower when it is launched in the 2024 model year.
It’s worth noting that GM has used the Manta Ray name in the past, but not for a customer car. The second of two 1965 Mako Shark II concepts, a running model which made its debut at that year’s Paris Motor Show, was given several updates in 1969, including a flying buttress-style rear end and more production-ready side exhausts. The concept was renamed Manta Ray to reflect the changes. The car still exists, and is part of the GM Heritage Center Collection in Sterling Heights, Michigan.