We’ve only see these hybrid mules once before, but at least they are easily identifiable as they are still wearing camo and have a unique front electrical connector and a shut-off switch that protrudes through the front quarter panel.
A shoutout goes to Warp Factor on the Corvette Forum for spotting the car yesterday in Ann Arbor, Michigan:
Why is this C8 still in camo? It doesn’t appear to be a convertible. At first I thought it might be a widebody, but now I’m not sure. Does anybody notice anything different or unusual about it? (photos taken 9/28/19 in Ann Arbor, near Detroit)
The camouflaged mule appears to be one of the older prototypes as it doesn’t feature the production-ready headlight and taillights which only showed up earlier this year. The black tape along the panels is the velcro used to cover the mules with the heavy black cladding.
The first sighting of these “hybrid” Corvette mules came in early September as a group of mules were spotted in the high elevations around Mt. Evans in Colorado. In addition to these additional switches and connectors up front, there is another shut-off switch on the driver side rear quarterpanel as well. Here’s a closeup look from the previous sighting:
The rumor that’s been circulating on the street for some time has been that a hybrid mid-engine Corvette is the works. The rear V8 engine would power the rear wheels as always, but two electric motors would power the front wheels to provide all-wheel drive.
GM does have the “E-Ray” trademarked which it received in 2015. When you think about the considerable work to create a roomy rear storage area, it could be because they knew they would lose the frunk storage with the addition of the motors. Or perhaps not. Like you, we’ll just have to wait and see, but things are surely staying interesting with the Corvette team even with the Stingray Coupe revealed several months ago and the Convertible coming this Wednesday.
Warp Factor / CorvetteForum.com