With all the speculation about a possible mid-engine Corvette finally becoming a reality, General Motors has thrown a curve at the rumor mill.
According to Chris Doan Automotive, GM recently filed two trademarks (numbers 86850510 and 86850500) that have fueled speculation the company is considering some type of an electrified version of the Corvette.
One of those trademarks is for “Corvette E-Ray,” which most people assume would be used as the name of an electric Corvette.
Of course, the filing could just be a preventative measure to keep someone else from using the name.
On the other hand, other automakers are reportedly working on electrified sports cars, including Nissan, BMW, Porsche, Acura, and Tesla.
The market quite likely would be there for an electric Corvette, pure or hybrid version, especially if it can deliver the out-of-the-ballpark performance numbers that have already been unearthed by Tesla.
Some websites speculate that a Corvette E-Ray would first be shown as a concept car, perhaps at an event such as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the next of which begins Jan. 11, 2016.
Regardless, don’t you just know that Chevrolet is sitting back and loving the free publicity it’s getting right now for the Corvette?
As Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter has been quoted as saying: “We left everything on the playing field with the Z06; we didn’t leave performance headroom for a ZR1.”
Sounds like a move to a different kind of powerplant or architecture might be the only answer to make a better Corvette.
Or as Tadge also said recently:
“We don’t talk about future product, I’m sorry. Eventually all will be revealed.”
Enthusiasts can’t wait.
Chris Doan Automotive
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