Michael Abbo posted numerous close-up photos of the prototype to a C8 Corvette Facebook fan page. The photos show a camouflaged C8 Corvette prototype with a red power shut-off button mounted on the left rear quarter panel, strange-looking two-into-one exhaust tips and two rear outlets/mounting points with red caps over them.
This prototype appears very similar to the Corvette E-Ray test mule that we photographed undergoing emissions testing in March of this year. That prototype had the same external power shut off button, as well as the same exhaust setup and rear outlets. The exhaust and the outlets appear to be used for mounting the emissions testing device to the rear of the vehicle. These devices are used to actively measure the vehicle’s emissions output when driving.
As we reported previously, the Corvette E-Ray will be comparable to the standard Corvette Stingray, although the hybrid powertrain will provide more performance and improved fuel efficiency. A single electric motor mounted in the front cargo area will pull power from a tiny 1.94 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted in the middle of the chassis, which is expected to give the vehicle an extra 100 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. The Corvette E-Ray will retain the car’s familiar 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, which produces 490 horsepower in the regular Corvette, so the E-Ray should have a total system output of roughly 600 horsepower.
The Corvette E-Ray will indirectly replace the Corvette Grand Sport in the sports car’s revised model lineup. In addition to the hybrid powertrain, the Corvette E-Ray is also expected to receive the same widebody treatment as the upcoming Corvette Z06. The prototype pictured in this article does not have a widebody, as it is believed to be a powertrain mule only. By going this route, Chevy is able to test the E-Ray’s electrified powertrain without revealing the styling secrets of the future widebody C8 Corvette variants.
GM Authority was the first to report on the Corvette E-Ray name after General Motors filed two applications to register “Corvette E-Ray” and “E-Ray” as trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as far back as 2015.
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