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2020 Chevy Corvette C8 may add a hybrid model with almost 1000 HP

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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."

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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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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