Chevrolet is officially teasing the 2024 C8 Corvette E-Ray for the first time in a new YouTube video, in the process showing off its electric front axle and all-wheel-drive capabilities. Such details, and others, were confirmed today from our original report last year on the upcoming hybrid supercar from General Motors.
In the video, we can clearly see the front wheels of the 2024 C8 Corvette E-Ray spinning in the snow, something that obviously couldn’t be done if the power was only being sent to the rear. The E-Ray will also feature the wide-body from the Z06, but still house the 490 horsepower 6.2-liter LT2 V8 behind the driver as found in the Stingray. Combined output should be around 650 horsepower.
The E-Ray will feature a hybrid powertrain with the gasoline engine powering the rear wheels and an electric motor on the front axle powered by a battery housed in the vehicle’s backbone. This means that the vehicle will be all-wheel-drive for the first time in the nameplate’s 70-year history.
The electric front axle can be used to motivate the sports car at speeds around 25-35 miles per hour, but it’s unclear at this point if the vehicle will be a plug-in hybrid or use battery power solely from regeneration.
The addition of the electric front axle not only helps the vehicle with efficiency but also with performance. The Stingray can already obliterate the sprint to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds, so it’s possible that the hybrid variant could slingshot the supercar into the sub-2.0-second territory. Eat your heart out, Ferrari.
We first spotted prototypes of the E-Ray testing back in August of 2019, and have sporadically noticed it testing around the world during its development. The E-Ray won’t be the only hybrid Corvette in the lineup either, the top-of-the-line Zora is also believed to have an electric front axle, but will be coupled with the same 5.5L twin-turbo LT7 DOHC V8 that will be found in the upcoming C8 Corvette ZR1. The LT7 is a twin-turbo variant of the LT6 that’s debuting in the Z06. Combined output between the LT7 and electric motors is expected to push 1,000 horsepower or more.
Stay tuned as we find out more details about the future of America’s sports car.