Update: GM has reached out to tell us that the prototype in question did not have electrified components. See the details here.
With the debut of the 2023 Corvette Z06 behind it, GM has turned its focus to the next Vette variant in the pipeline: the E-Ray. The automaker has been seen testing Corvette E-Ray prototypes both on public roads and at the Nurburgring in recent months and was recently seen testing the vehicle in hot weather conditions in Spain.
It appears as though this recent visit to Spain went a bit awry, as the charred remains of a Corvette E-Ray prototype allegedly caught fire during testing by supplier Bosch. From what we’ve been told, the fire started in the prototype’s engine bay following an oil leak, leading to a runaway blaze that eventually ignited the hybrid sports car’s battery pack, as well. Photos and video of the fire’s aftermath show a pile of burnt Corvette components sitting on the side of the road in the southern European country. It’s safe to say that this prototype was rendered a total loss after the blaze.
While this fire will no doubt be a setback in the Corvette E-Ray’s development, it’s doubtful it will have a big impact on the vehicle’s launch timeline. The hybridized Corvette E-Ray is expected to make its formal introduction in 2023 as a 2024 model year vehicle, arriving on the heels of the recently launched C8 Corvette Z06.
Under the hood of this future Corvette model variant will be GM’s naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine from the standard C8 Corvette Stingray, which will be paired with a front-mounted electric drive unit. That means the Corvette E-Ray will feature all-wheel drive, contributing to superior launch and corner grip. The Corvette E-Ray will also share a widebody stance with the Corvette Z06 and rock meaty 345-section rear tires.
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