2024 Corvette E-Ray Rips AWD Donuts On Rockefeller Center Rink: Video8
GM unveiled the all-new 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray last month, pulling the sheets on the first-ever hybrid, all-wheel-drive Vette from the factory. Now, we’re watching as the 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray performs some “advanced maneuvers” on the ice at The Rink at Rockefeller Center in New York.
Of course, by “advanced maneuvers,” what we really mean are some full-throttle all-wheel drive donuts. With all four tires spinning, the C8 Corvette E-Ray rotates around its own axis, revolving at ever higher speeds as the front-mounted electric motor and ICE-powered rear end put down a maximum combined output of 655 horsepower.
According to GM, the stunt was performed to not only “showcase the vehicle’s eAWD capabilities,” but also to mark the 70th anniversary for the Chevy Corvette nameplate. Back on January 17th, 1953, the original Chevy Corvette made its world debut at GM Motorama in New York, which makes these all-wheel-drive donuts not only fun to watch, but historically significant as well.
“In honor of Corvette’s momentous debut in New York City, we returned exactly 70 years later to expand the idea of what a Corvette can deliver with the electrified all-wheel drive Corvette E-Ray,” said vice president of Global Chevrolet, Scott Bell.
In the seven decades since the original Corvette’s debut, a lot has changed. The latest 2024 Corvette E-Ray is equipped with the mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which feeds the rear tires with 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque via the C8’s dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the front-mounted electric motor drives the front tires with 160 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque.
Under the skin, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray rides on the GM Y2 platform. Production takes place at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.
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It looks like Spring Mountain needs a North East location for their Ron Fellow’s Driving School , so they can demonstrate the capabilities of this new car .
That snow was fabricated locally because New York City has not seen snow at all this winter.
Perfect…if I ever have an eray on an ice rink, I know what to do now…
So is the takeaway message that doing donuts is cool again? Or is it only cool in the snow/ice when you have a hybrid…?
The eray also has brought back polished wheels…I thought chrome/polished wheels were killed off in the spirit of targeting younger buyers (who apparently also demanded Corvettes have modern-looking ugly tail lights). I just can’t keep up with what I’m supposed to like these days…
The reason is explained in the third paragraph, dude.
What a STUPID show. The whole idea of an all wheel drive system on any vehicle is to gain traction for common sense everyday driving in adverse conditions. Any moron can drift and or spin the wheels on snow and ice covered roads in almost any modern vehicle. So what did this demonstration gain other than to have the car spin within it’s own axis and just how many times will the average or even an extreme Corvette driver perform this stunt?
Please don’t encourage stupidity.
Ah, perfect vehicle for NYC. No place to plug in before it’s stolen.