A few months ago, GM President Mark Reuss perked up the ears of Corvette enthusiasts when he said the idea of a production hybrid ‘Vette was “a very attractive idea.”
Well, Chevy has been beaten to the punch by a company named Quanta, which manufactures replacement parts like fuel tanks and radiators.
Quanta showed off its impressive accomplishment – the QHP770 – at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last week, saying that it uses two 100-kilowatt electric motors powered by an 11.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and integrated into the rear differential of a C6 Z06.
The hybrid package creates a whopping 773 horsepower, up from the factory V8 mark of 505 horsepower.
According to Quanta, the hybrid Corvette can zoom to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds – well below the impressive figures of the new Corvette Stingray.
Quanta, which believes its hybrid technology is the ultimate “hy-performance” system, says it hopes to sell conversion kits if the demand proves to be there.
Quanta says the hybrid kit offers increased power without increasing the size of the engine and amazing low-end torque that is inherent in electric motors.