The ZR1 performance variant of General Motors Co.’s all-new Chevrolet Corvette will be powered by a hybrid-electric system that produces 900 hp, company sources tell Motor Trend.
The architecture will team a twin-turbo 5.5-liter dual-overhead-cam V-8 with two electric motors mounted on the front axle, according to the report. This would enable all-wheel drive and torque vectoring, MT notes.
Earlier this autumn, Chevy announced plans to use the 500-hp V-8 in the Corvette C8.R race car (pictured). A less powerful hybrid variant also has been rumored for the next Corvette Z06.
The base Corvette Stingray, which is due to bow next spring, will be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8. The small block mill makes 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.
Lithium-ion batteries have become the technology of choice for EVs, and falling costs and rising energy levels could keep them on top for nearly two decades.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.