A few days ago, a 2024 Corvette E-Ray leak revealed new details about the upcoming Corvette hybrid model’s exterior and interior, including its widebody treatment, colors and wheel choices. Now, GM Authority has exclusively learned that the E-Ray will be offered in both left-hand-drive (LHD) and right-hand-drive (RHD) configurations.
The decision to offer the Chevy C8 E-Ray in both LHD and RHD will enable GM to sell the electrified sports car in various right-hand-drive markets, which could potentially include Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, among others.
This means that the E-ray will be the third C8 model, after the Stingray and Z06, to be manufactured in right-hand-drive at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky, making the C8 Corvette variant more competitive and accessible in those markets. That, in turn, should result in higher levels of interest and, ultimately, sales volume.
Anticipation for the future Corvette hybrid is building, as fans and buyers alike wait for the official unveiling. In the meantime, GM Authority photographers have been hard at work capturing spy shots of the upcoming Vette. Back in July 2022, an E-Ray prototype was spotted running laps on the infamous Nurburgring racetrack in Germany.
Meanwhile, another C8 E-Ray prototype burnt to the ground while undergoing testing in Spain. It’s believed that the fire was caused by an oil leak in the prototype’s engine bay. GM was quick to tell us that this particular prototype was equipped with components that it did not ultimately plan to include on a production model, meaning that the fire was isolated to that particular prototype.
As a reminder, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray will mate the 6.2L LT2 V8 found in the C8 Stingray with a supplemental, independently controlled electric motor providing power to the front wheels. The LT2 V8 develops 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in the Stingray, while the electric motor is expected to produce about 100 ponies. This would bring the E-Ray’s total output to roughly 600 horsepower, slotting between the C8 Stingray and C8 Z06, while also being the first Corvette with all-wheel-drive as well as the first hybrid Corvette.
Beyond the powertrain, the E-Ray will feature the same widebody treatment as the C8 Z06, resulting in a more planted appearance as well as the ability to fit 275-wide front tires and very meaty 345-wide rears. Additionally, the E-Ray will be available in both Coupe and Convertible body styles, as GM Authority was first to report last year.