Few American cars are as steeped in tradition and legacy as the Chevrolet Corvette. One of the longest-running American vehicle brand names, going on more than 60 years, the Corvette has been defined by its proven performance formula, two seats, a non-metallic body, and a front-mounted V-8 engine. Rear-engine and even Wankel-powered concepts have been floated at various times, but all were deemed too controversial and deviant from the proven ‘Vette formula. But could a type of hybrid be in the Corvette’s future? When asked that question, General Motors President Mark Reuss said “don’t laugh.”
Indeed, the idea of a high-performance hybrid is not as strange as it used to be, with cars such as the McLaren P1, and many race cars utilizing technologies such as super-capacitors and kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) re-capturing otherwise wasted energy to simultaneously improve the performance an energy of the cars. Reuss said he thought it would be a worthwhile project to develop the technologies within the company, and that “people would love it.”
Already, the Corvette has enjoyed a reputation for good highway fuel economy since the introduction of the C5 model in 1997, with many owners reporting better than 20 mpg highway. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is rated at 29 mpg highway when equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission. What do you think of the possibility of a hybrid ‘Vette?
Source: Los Angeles Times