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Just How Much HP And Torque Reach The Wheels?

C8 Corvette E-Ray Dyno Test

The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is a remarkable creation that doesn’t take away from the legendary performance of the Corvette but instead manages to enhance it with the assistance of just the right amount of electrification to offer jaw-dropping acceleration and all-wheel-drive. The most recent endeavor undertaken by the E-Ray has been Ice Racing in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. With a combination of the high torque from the electric motor and the same 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 as the entry-level Stingray, Chevrolet advertises that the E-Ray makes a combined 655 horsepower and 592 lb-ft of torque. However, after Pragon Performance put the car on the dyno, Chevrolet was modest with the torque numbers.

According to The Drive, a stock Corvette E-Ray made 573 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque at the wheels in Paragon’s testing. You might be thinking that’s a severe dip in horsepower numbers, which is true, with 14% less power than advertised, but that’s pretty typical drivetrain loss for a rear-wheel-drive car (power from the engine goes to the rear wheels) with a dual-clutch transmission. Plus, the loss of the drivetrain doesn’t hinder the ability of this car to take on other supercars. However, the torque number boggles the mind, as it’s a 6.4% increase at the wheels than advertised. That helps explain how the E-Ray hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.5 seconds and gave even the Z06 a run for its money in terms of acceleration.

In summary, General Motors is offering a Corvette to fit the different needs of individuals, meaning the Z06 is still a better track vehicle as that’s what it was designed for. However, now that the results of the Corvette E-Ray are available, we can compare the figures between it and the Corvette Z06. In short, the Z06 makes more power, with 610 ponies at the wheels, but with its incredible lungs, it manages to best the E-Ray at around 7,500 rpm – which is 2,000 rpm higher than where the E-Ray hits peak power. The Z06, unsurprisingly, makes considerably less torque with 424 lb-ft sent to the wheels—just a great example of the powers of electric motors. From 0-60, the E-Ray is quicker, too, with all four wheels providing power and traction off the line. And considering they’re priced basically on top of each other, it’s up to the customer to prioritize if they want the raw drama of a Z06, or the futuristic sophistication of the E-Ray.

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Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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