The existence of a mid-engine Corvette C8 also paves the way for a hybrid and eventually a ‘Tesla killer’ electric version of the sports car.
Since the late 60’s the rumors of a mid-engine Corvette have been around. However, it wasn’t until last year, when the company finally made the move to empty the hood and move the engine at the back of the car.
With a mid-engine Corvette C8 competes with the likes of Lamborghinis and Ferraris. And also, Tesla?
With rumors of a Corvette C8 hybrid on the horizon, an electric version of the sports car is not far away.
Here are 5 Reasons why a Corvette C8 Hybrid will lead us to a full-blown Tesla killer.
Corvette C8 Hybrid: A Chevy Tesla Killer Is Coming
The Corvette C8 Hybrid Sounds Beastly
Only a few days ago, a Corvette C8 mule under heavy camouflage was spotted tested with an emissions box tied behind it. The Corvette C8 mule also had a bunch of cables running under its front trunk, indicating its hybrid nature.
The hybrid Corvette could use the design of Honda NSX (Acura NSX) and place the motors in the front and the batteries below the driver seat, or it can make use of the frunk. Either way, the Corvette C8 hybrid will produce 900 HP from a flat-crank twin-turbo V8 engine.
Corvette also has the term “E-Ray” trademarked. As uncovered by Autoweek, in the fusebox of Stingray, the fuse number 7 and number 12 point towards an electric Corvette.
The fuse number 7 is for the “Power sounder module/ pedestrian-friendly alert system,” meaning it is meant for equipment generating artificial sound.
The fuse no. 12 is made to work in tandem with a lithium-ion battery module.
The evidence makes it pretty clear that an electric Corvette is in the works. Autoweek suggests a Plug-in hybrid system, but I think a fully electric Corvette is more likely.
An Improved Chassis
To place the Corvette C8 engine at the back of the car, it underwent a lot of reengineering. This includes the placement of a stiff tunnel underneath the cockpit separating the driver and co-passenger compartments.
It made Corvette C8’s chassis stiffer and freed up space at the front. I guess that the Hybrid motor will use up the front trunk or “frunk” space, and the improved stiff chassis will be perfect for placing a massive lithium-ion battery.
Moreover, it’d be a wrong business decision to develop a superior platform and not use it in different renditions of a car.
Hybrid Leads To Electric
It is a trend in the automotive industry to shift powertrains according to demand gradually. Today we have a Range Rover available with a V8, a mild-hybrid powertrain, and also as a Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) with a dedicated electric range.
The same is true for the Volvo XC40, whose fully electric version will launch soon. Toyota CHR is another example of a Hybrid, which is to be born as an electric car.
So for a Corvette C8 Hybrid to transform into a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEC) is kind of inevitable. The car has already lost its manual transmission and how hard losing a V8 can be (I am kidding).
The Electric Powertrain Will Offer More Performance
Chevy is already working on its dedicated skateboard electric platform, which could be used in Hummer trucks and SUVs in the coming years.
Now, I doubt that an SUV’s underpinnings will be used on an Iconic Corvette C8 electric car, but it could very likely use battery technology.
One notable feature of Chevy’s battery cell packaging was the vertical placement of cells for higher energy density. Corvette C8 electric car could be the perfect Tesla killer if Chevy can manage the battery tech in the car.
An Electric Corvette Already Exists
A company by the name of Genovation already modifies the Corvette C7 and sells them as electric supercars.
The Corvette electric C7 comes with a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission and two electric motors. The electric Corvette makes 800 HP and has a top speed of 220 mph.
I don’t see any reason why they won’t use the mid-engine Corvette C8 to make a new generation Corvette electric sports car.