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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-18-2016, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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A Hybrid Corvette C8 May Be Coming

Bob Lutz, the guy who used to be Vice Chairman of Product Development at GM told Automotive News that a plug-in hybrid Corvette could be on the way and that's why it has such a long gestation time. If GM decides to go hybrid, they'll be able to get an EPA rating as high as 50 mpg city and we can get it with AWD.

http://www.autonews.com/article/2016...tte-rumor-mill
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 09:56 AM
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A Hybrid Corvette C8 could compete against the other hybrid sports cars that has been cropping up recently like the new NSx and BMW's i8.
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 11:03 AM
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It'll no longer be a Corvette if it comes in as a hybrid AWD. That would just be wrong. Like.. Blasphemy
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-22-2016, 09:53 AM
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It could be FWD, RWD, and AWD like the i8. In all electric mode, the the electric motor is connected only to the front wheels. Its gas engine is connected to the rear wheels which can make it into RWD depending on the drive mode and then there are modes that uses both.

That would make an interesting corvette hybrid.
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-24-2016, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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If they do come out with a hybrid, I assume it'll have limited electric capability. Maybe a small lithium-ion battery pack will be added for 10-15 mile plug-in electric range. At least you'll get instantaneous torque when launching from a complete stop.
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As it is, it'll have some serious torque based on what I'm expecting. I don't think it'll make it really marketable and even at that, the price of it will be much higher. Also, the weight on it would be increased a good amount as well
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 09:57 AM
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One question pops into my mind; why plug-in and not the usual hybrid system?
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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 10:23 AM
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A plug-in uses the battery powered motor as the main power source. Usual hybrid system uses an ICE as the main power source.

Using a plug-in is more efficient as well and you get more instantaneous torque.

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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-30-2016, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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The bigger question would be, which system adds less weight to the car? Performance is still important on top of being more fuel efficient.
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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-30-2016, 11:47 AM
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Now that's a good question.. I would assume the plug-in would be heavier because of having to hold a bigger charging system and battery ?
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