What We Know So Far About the Hybrid Electric C8 Corvette E Ray

In this video by Fred’s Full Throttle on YouTube he moves on from the C8 Corvette Z06 pricing conversations to everything we know about the all wheel drive hybrid electric C8 Corvette possibly called “Eray”.

This week I decided to move on from Z06 pricing discussion, and start taking a look at the C8 E-Ray.  What is an E-Ray?  Where does it fit in the Corvette lineup?  Is it fast?  And most importantly, will it be fun? I’m going to take a look at the car, sharing what information has been released, as well as cover some of the not confirmed, but likely to be true guesses on other aspects of the car.  One important note, for everything I’m going to share here, I will try to be clear about what is confirmed/official versus what is speculation and an educated guess.So let’s go talk about the E-Ray!

As we have shown spotted back on July 21st the C8 Corvette Eray was testing at the Nürburgring thanks to Car Spy Media uploading the footage to their Youtube Channel.

Also, we covered Mark Reuss going on CNBC back in April 2022 where he confirmed an Electric Corvette was coming as well as a hybrid electric assisted C8 Corvette similar to what Acura NSX created years ago. And in August 2021 we shared a video of an Acura NSX be spotted and benchmarked with the C8 Corvette test vehicles leading people to believe there would be an electric hybrid version.

And as early as October 2021 there was more footage of an electric hybrid C8 Corvette testing with the C8 Z06.

Another really good catch was by Chevy Dude with the C8 Corvette Z06 reveal in October 2021 and them using an all wheel drive dyno we also shared suggesting an all wheel drive C8 Corvette was coming.

Lastly, we just covered some information first reported by Motor1.com and with video proof on Instagram of what was believed to be a C8 Corvette Eray test vehicle going up in flames. Which then Motor1.com switched to “test mule” vs. Eray per GM’s PR team. 

[UPDATE] Chevrolet has issued a statement regarding the fiery incident. In an e-mail to Motor1.com, Trevor Thompkins, Senior Manager, Chevrolet Passenger Cars, Performance and Motorsports Communications at General Motors, said:

“A Corvette development vehicle undergoing extreme testing by one of our suppliers this week had a thermal incident. All who were involved are safe as this is our top priority.  We are investigating the situation with the supplier.”

We have a whole category on our C8 Corvette Blog dedicated the Corvette Eray to keep you updated. Be sure to bookmark our site and visit back often for the latest updates and news on the C8 Corvette only.

Some of the Top C8 Corvette Eray Questions

The speculation is somewhere between the $65k and $106k C8 Corvette Stingray and C8 Corvette Z06 models.
Yes, at some point in 2023 Mark Reuss stated on CNBC that there will be an electric corvette variant model of the C8 Corvette.

C8 Corvette E Ray Prototype Goes Up In Flames (VIDEOs)

In this video by ICNV Drivers Edition he discusses the recent Corvette E-ray prototype goes up in flames while testing in Spain.

The Hybrid electric Corvette E Ray is suppose to be a competitor to the Acura NSX with front electric motors that assist the front wheels along with the C8 Corvette Stingray engine in the rear. The C8 Corvette E Ray is going to be the first step in electrifying the Corvette before going full electric to compete with Tesla with their Roadster if that ever comes out and their current Tesla Model S Plaid that does 0 to 60 in 1.99 seconds and the quarter mile at 154 mph in the low 9s.

He is covering the C8 Corvette E Ray prototype news from Motor1.com, CarBuzz, and Road & Track.

Per Motor1.com news Chevrolet provided this statement.

Chevrolet has issued a statement regarding the fiery incident. In an e-mail to Motor1.com, Trevor Thompkins, Senior Manager, Chevrolet Passenger Cars, Performance and Motorsports Communications at General Motors, said:

“A Corvette development vehicle undergoing extreme testing by one of our suppliers this week had a thermal incident. All who were involved are safe as this is our top priority.  We are investigating the situation with the supplier.”

You can learn more about the C8 Corvette Eray Prototype going up in flames and catching fire in his video below.

Here is an Instagram Video of the C8 Corvette Eray prototype up in flames.

 

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Recently the C8 Corvette Eray hybrid was seen testing at the Nurburgring. And Corvette confirmed on Instagram that the hybrid electric all wheel drive C8 Corvette Eray would be next and a fully electric C8 Corvette would follow after that.

Chevrolet Confirms Electric & Hybrid Assist C8 Corvettes NEXT!

This morning on Instagram the Corvette official handle confirmed they will no longer be making any more non electric C8 Corvettes after the C8 Corvette Z06.

They said the next Corvette will be a hybrid assist electric Corvette and then a FULL Electric Corvette for the ZR1, Eray, or Zora!

 

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In addition to the amazing new Chevrolet #Corvette #Z06 coming this year, an electrified #Corvette will be available as early as next year and a fully electric version to follow. Stay tuned for more.

In the Instagram video they use you can clearly see them using an All Wheel Drive (AWD) C8 Corvette to show what’s coming. We were one of the first blogs to write about the C8 Corvette going All Wheel Drive when they teased the C8 Z07 on an All Wheel Drive Dyno in the unveil video.

A lot of the comments so far having been mixed with some people saying just build the C8 Z06 and don’t shut down the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant any further as well as not wanting an “electric Corvette”.

However, we did see people saying they are looking forward to it as well and we lean on that side. That’s the way the world is moving and although the sound and “soul” of a car is important why not have both and perhaps have one of the baddest electric sport cars to compete with the Tesla Plaid and Tesla Roadster that is coming out that has mind boggling performance of 1.99 0 to 60 and low 9 second quarter miles with out clutches or engines breaking like we see with the Twin Turbo C8 Corvettes.

Here is General Motors President Mark Reuss sits down with CNBC’s Phil LeBeau to announce the company’s plan to make an electrified Chevrolet Corvette.

General Motors President Mark Reuss Talking about Electric Corvette

One thing we know for sure is the C8 Corvette Z06 prices are going to skyrocket and go through the roof being the last flat plane crank non electric Corvette. The first Hybrid assist Corvette will most likely be the C8 Corvette E Ray we have talked about replacing the grandsport and competing with the likes of the Acura NSX

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Here are what some YouTubers are saying about the all wheel drive hybrid assist C8 Corvette and the full electric Corvette that is coming next year in 2023 and beyond.

GM 100% CONFIRMED an AWD C8 E-RAY & Fully ELECTRIC Corvette coming SOON!

It’s Confirmed.. All Electric C8 Corvette (ERay) Is on the Way

C8 CORVETTE NEWS DIRECT FROM MARK RUESSS ELECTRIC IS COMING

What do you think about the New electric Corvette whether its the hybrid assist electric Corvette or a full electric Corvette model?  Will the lists be as long as they are for the C8 Corvette Z06?

C8 Corvette E-Ray Hybrid Spied Testing Together With Z06? (VIDEO)

Check out this video by CarSpyMedia on YouTube where they claim to have video footage of the new C8 Z06 and C8 Corvette ERay testing together at the GM Test Center.

Some people in the comments of the video are saying this is just the base model C8 Corvette Z06 vs. the track inspired C8 Z06 with the Z07 package which included the bigger spoiler or wing. We tend to agree because the reveal is coming out for the new Z06 Corvette and they have shown a photo of one version of it already that looks like one of the Corvettes that are under camo in this video.

We have covered the C8 Corvette E Ray model before but as the C8 Z06 reveal approaches at the end of October there has been a lot more footage, photos, and videos of the new C8 Corvette models that are about to be released.

2022 Chevrolet C8 Corvette E-Ray Hybrid Prototype Spied Testing Together With Z06 at GM Test Center

Sound on! I have taken a new spy video of the hybrid-electric Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray during some hot laps on the Nürburgring.

C8 Corvette E Ray Spotted! (Testing with Acura NSX)

Check out this video from Cars, Costs and Technology where he noticed the C8 Corvette E Ray in the C8 Corvette Z06 testing videos.

Also, there has been article after article recently talking about the C8 Corvette E Ray testing with the Acura NSX. The C8 Corvette E Ray will not have all the same specs, tires, motors as the C8 Z06 but it will be getting all wheel drive. And possibly faster than the C8 Z06 going 0 to 60 in 2 seconds.

The C8 Corvette E Ray is suppose to be a hybrid assist C8 Corvette while the C8 Corvette Zora will be full electric along with the C9 Corvette is our guess to be an all electric Corvette line up.

It makes a lot of sense to use an Acura NSX as a benchmark since it has two electric motors up front on each wheel and an electric motor on it’s V6 Twin Turbo set up that pushed out 573 HP and is all wheel drive.

This is the way cars are going as shown with the fastest production car in the world the Tesla Model S Plaid running 9.2 second quarter miles at 154 mph and is a 4 door family sedan with 3 electric 400HP motors providing 1020 horsepower to the wheel with Elon Musk sand bagging the rest of the horsepower with a software update.

Here’s the video of the C8 Corvette E Ray Spotted

New C8 Corvette E-RAY details