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If any of you have been closely following the development of the rumored C8 Corvette Stingray’s electric-assisted/powered iteration which is dubbed as the C8 Corvette E-Ray, you would have noticed that many spy shots have been doing rounds on the internet that feature a rather standard looking C8 Corvette which is entirely covered in camo wrap but does feature some quite distinct looking “bright orange cables” that protrude out of it.
It was recently discovered that these mysterious-looking orange cables had been attached to some of the C8 Corvette prototypes to serve as an instant “twist to turn off” type kill switch. It was earlier speculated that these cables were a manner of more convenient access to the Corvette’s 12 Volt battery, which would provide a more efficient and quicker way to juice it up without turning the engine over to test various accessories. Still, certain little birdies have also added that the “bright orange cables” are a power linkage to the front axle which powers the front axle via electricity while simultaneously also serving as an aid to kill off power to the shaft in case of an emergency shutdown requirement.
The remaining body panels of the disguised/camouflaged C8 Corvette test mules are identical replicas of the standard mid-engine Corvette coupled with the Z51 performance package featuring no visual distinctions. The hybrid system on the E-Ray is presumed to add approximately 115 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque to the already excellent performance figures of the 6.2 L V8 LT2 engine, which in itself pumps out 490 horsepower bringing the total up to 600 hp. Still, there has also been some hush stuff about the E-Ray featuring a twin-turbocharged 5.5 liter V8 that puts out a mind-numbing a total of 1000 hp when coupled with the electric motor. However, the validity of the information remains a big question. The fact that the rumored E-Ray might feature the electric-powered front axle, also makes us presume that the E-Ray is going to be substantially quicker of the line compared to the standard C8 Corvette due to the added grip, courtesy of the All-Wheel Drive setup.
The “bright orange cables” that are featured on the prototypes are present to streamline the process of testing and should not see being carried forward to the production version what so ever. The C8 Corvette E-Ray is a substantial critical vehicle for General Motors as the current C8 has already flipped the script on what we considered the recipe for the Corvettes, and the E-Ray continues to push newer boundaries. Yes, the E-ray may not be the flagship model of the C8 Corvette lineup due to the presence of a rumored “Zora” variant which if you are living under a rock and haven’t heard, is a homage to the Father of the Corvette, technical engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov himself, but the E-Ray would still serve as a landmark vehicle due to the level of change it plans to bring to the C8 lineup. The C8 Corvette E-Ray is expected to be launched by either the last quarter of 2020 or possibly the first quarter of 2021 while being offered in both Coupe and Hard Top Convertible body styles and should push the domestic manufacturer’s already successful sports car to newer heights.
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