There are several camouflaged Chevrolet Corvette C8 development vehicles testing at the Nürburgring. Our spies suspect that these are the hybrid-assisted E-Ray models.
Oddly, none of these Corvettes have the hybrid sticker that's necessary for testing an electrified vehicle around the 'Ring. Although, this decals are only necessary when actually on the track, which might explain their absence.
Gallery: Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Spy Photos
One of the models has what appears to be external kill switches on the driver's side front wing/fender.
These vehicles mostly wear the body from the Corvette Z06, including the lower fascia and side inlets. However, these vehicles don't have the sporty model's centre-exit exhausts. Instead, there's the regular 'Vette's layout with a pair of outlets on each side
This setup makes sense because the E-Ray reportedly shares the 6.2-litre V8 from the standard version of the Corvette. An electric motor would allegedly turn the front axle, making this the first all-wheel 'Vette available from the factory. Rumours suggest the total power output from this system could be between 600 bhp (447 kilowatts) and 650 bhp (484 kW). Acceleration to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) might be as quick as two seconds.
Just the electric motor would reportedly be able to propel the E-Ray at 25-35 miles per hour (40-56 kilometres per hour).
A rumour indicates that the E-Ray would take the place of the Corvette Grand Sport in the vehicle's range. In the past, the GS occupied a spot in the model hierarchy that was above the base model but below the Z06.
The Corvette E-Ray reportedly arrives in 2023. We might see it later this year, though. With the Z06, Chevy debuted the model in October 2021 and only just announced pricing.
After the E-Ray, the Corvette range will reportedly grow to include the ZR1 that will allegedly use a twin-turbo version of the Z06's 5.5-litre V8 and will make around 850 bhp (634 kW). Then, the Zora will potentially combine the hybrid and twin-turbo V8 to produce 1,000 bhp (746 kW).