The current C8 Corvette lineup is impressive, no doubt about it, but the C8 Stingray and C8 Z06 are just the tip of the iceberg compared to what’s coming next. That includes the up-and-coming Corvette E-Ray, which was recently caught testing on the infamous Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, per this latest batch of spy photos.
As is tradition, the challenging, highly technical Nurburgring racetrack is the perfect place to develop the go-fast chops of a modern sports car the like Corvette E-Ray. Both the C8 Stingray and the C8 Z06 have seen development time at the ‘Ring, so it makes sense to see the Corvette E-Ray pounding out some laps there as well.
In fact, this isn’t the first time a Corvette E-Ray has been spotted at the Nurburgring, with prototype models caught prowling around nearby public roads just last year during an on-track test session for the C8 Z06.
This time around, our spy photographers report that at least four or five Corvette E-Ray prototypes were seen testing on the racetrack, while several camo-free Z06 models were seen on the surrounding roads. Apparently, the Corvette team was hard at work on the cars early in the morning before hitting the track around 8 a.m. local time. Each car completed a couple laps before heading back to the nearby technical center. After breaking in the afternoon, all of the Corvette E-Ray prototypes went back on track, clipping off several laps before the track closed for the day at 5:30 p.m. local time.
For those readers who may be unaware, the Corvette E-Ray is an as-of-yet unreleased high-performance hybrid model set to indirectly replace the Grand Sport in the Corvette C8 model lineup. The big news is the electrified powertrain, which will mate the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine from the C8 Stingray with an electric drive unit mounted up front, providing impressive all-wheel drive grip. The exterior will rock a widebody stance with meaty 345-section rear rubber. Both a two-door coupe and hardtop convertible are expected. Look for the Corvette E-Ray to debut for the 2024 model year.