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The new mid-engine C8 Corvette RWD (the engine is mounted behind the passenger cabin and before the rear wheels) will have up to 800 HP, but adding a 200 HP electric motor up front can result up to 1000 HP (a kHP!) overall:

"But hang on: What if we told you that within a couple of years Chevy would add a 200-hp electric motor to the mix? The twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 will abuse the rear tires while the electric motor, housed in what would typically be a front trunk, will energize the fronts. That’s right: This mid-engined/front-motor Corvette will have a horsepower rating at or near the four-digit mark."

https://www.caranddriver.com/featur...c8-the-mid-engined-white-whale-is-nearly-here

So this maybe be the first hybrid Corvette and earn the trademarked name "E-Ray".

This may also create a third-party upgrade kit for modern Corvettes, placing the motor, transaxle, and battery to the front wheels. A hybrid Corvette will save gas for low speed driving and short distances, and add 200 HP when needed as a AWD vehicle.
 

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So this maybe be the first hybrid Corvette and earn the trademarked name "E-Ray".
E-Ray? is that because it is the price tag that will sting? lol
 
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Reminds me of the Hybrid NSX, Motor Trend estimated price was $120,000 US. Parked near one at Motor Gathering in Duncan last year and guy said by the time it got to Canada with bells and whistles and taxes the price was $260,000 Cdn. (You do the currency conversion).
 

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Uh huh, i'll believe it when I see it. It isn't the first time a mid engine Corvette has been promised. The Corvette faithful will scream bloody murder at the mid engine and curse the "European" styling and that they will never accept or buy such an abomination and GM will quietly turn around and go "what mid engine Corvette, that wasn't us"
 

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Uh huh, i'll believe it when I see it. It isn't the first time a mid engine Corvette has been promised. The Corvette faithful will scream bloody murder at the mid engine and curse the "European" styling and that they will never accept or buy such an abomination and GM will quietly turn around and go "what mid engine Corvette, that wasn't us"
"For an unspecified amount of time, the C7 will be built alongside the C8 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. "
Well, folks wanting a convertible, or a hatch with some luggage room, will still like the FWD version.
 

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I wonder how the power from the motor on the front axle is managed. I'm assuming the electric motor on the front axle has a fixed gear ratio while the ICE powers the rear axle through a multiple speed transmission. So in order to keep in balance it seems to me the inverter driving the front wheels would have to be controlled via a complex algorithm based on accelerator position, ICE torque output and transmission gear ratio.

Also wonder how large the battery is, I'm guessing it would be small to save weight but it has to be capable of delivering and receiving enough power to run the motor at full power and to handle a lot of regen during heavy braking.I

Final thought, this hybrid architecture be perfect for a full sized pickup truck.
 

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I wonder how the power from the motor on the front axle is managed. I'm assuming the electric motor on the front axle has a fixed gear ratio while the ICE powers the rear axle through a multiple speed transmission. So in order to keep in balance it seems to me the inverter driving the front wheels would have to be controlled via a complex algorithm based on accelerator position, ICE torque output and transmission gear ratio.
I don't have an EE, but that sounds WAY more complicated than necessary. The engineering is in getting the ICE part into good shape and you just let the front wheels and the electrics manage the "getting going" part. (Hell, the Koenigsegg Regera doesn't even bother with the multi-speed transmission part, just a clutch. Electric get the car moving until the ICE-driven parts won't lag, then the dinoburner takes over. It makes an... odd launch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtXDesz3Z0M )
 
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