A $511,000+ Ferrari SF90 Stradale supercar has been spotted at the GM Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan, suggesting that – like the Ferrari 458 Italia and 488 Pista – engineers are using it as a benchmark for the upcoming C8 Corvette models, which are known to be the upcoming E-Ray, and Zora hypercar that’s farther down the line.
The images of the SF90 Stradale testing at Milford can be found at Road & Track.
The SF90 is one of the Italian brand’s most powerful road cars ever, and features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine behind the driver affixed to a hybrid drivetrain. The gasoline engine is accompanied by an electric motor between it and the transmission, as well as two more electric motors on the front axle for an all-wheel drive layout. The combined total power of the Ferrari is 986 horsepower, which sounds awfully similar to Chevrolet’s plans for the top-of-the-line Corvette. The Zora is expected to have at least 1,000 when it debuts in a few years time.
Chevrolet is planning to build two hybrid models of the Corvette, the first being the E-Ray. The E-Ray will still feature a V8 powerplant in the rear in the form of the 6.2L LT2 V8 that the base Stingray is powered by. The only difference is that the front axle will feature a pair of electric motors rated at 50 horsepower each, which will give the E-Ray a combined horsepower figure above 600 horsepower.
The other hybrid will take its place at the pinnacle of the lineup and be called Zora, named after the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov. The C8 Corvette Zora is expected to bring the nameplate into hypercar territory, with record-setting output, especially for the money. Instead of the 6.2-liter mill, we expect that the Zora to feature a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8, interally known to GM as the LT7. The LT7 will also be found on its own in the upcoming C8 Corvette ZR1, which will push 800+ horsepower.
It will be a few years before all of these exciting C8 Corvette variants come to market, so in the meantime we should all look forward to and celebrate the 2023 Corvette Z06, which is set to begin production very soon. Oh, and don’t forget about the electric Corvette sedan and Corvette SUV that are coming, too.