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T​he C8 Corvette ZR1 will go hybrid and make 900 HP

Chevy's all-American V8 turns Prius

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A​bout a year ago we heard the Chevy's upcoming ZR1 might feature a hybrid powertrain. Now, as you might imagine all of the V8 loving amongst us are up a tree. However, in August we heard that same car will also feature a twin-turbo flat-plane-crank dual-overhead-cam V-8 based on the C8.R race car's engine.

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N​ow, this made us all scratch our heads, because there is now way that a Production Corvette would feature a twin-turbo race car engine, and technology from the Toyota Prius. Because, aside from the enraged anti-electric masses, that car would be obscenely powerful.

H​owever, an new report from Motor Trend says that: "we have exclusive confirmation from a senior official at GM. The ZR1 will build on the Z06's all-new engine with a performance- (not fuel economy-) oriented hybrid system to fill in torque gaps and increase total output to an even 900 hp."

9​00 HP!!!! That's 13 horsepower MORE than a Porsche 918 Spyder!! Not to mention that if you were to buy a 918 it would probably cost you well over $1 million.

I​n theory the new hybrid-system would work much like the one in the Porsche 918. The new ZR1 may employ two front-mounted electric motors which can both increase performance and, above all, enable true torque vectoring to work in tandem with the rear axle's limited-slip differential.

However, this does raise an issue, batteries and electric motors are heavy. It will be interesting to see how the Corvette will handle its extra weight. The most logical thing to do would be to mount the batteries near the bottom of the vehicle to lower the center of gravity, while at the same time benefiting handling.

T​his would then be the first AWD, hybrid corvette, something which many purists may scream bloody murder because of. However, the Corvette's mission has always been to provide supercar-level performance to the everyday-man, and if this brings them closer to that goal it's fine by me.


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Comments (11)

  • As an American, this car better start whooping every European/Japanese name car with those figures.

      9 months ago
  • It would probably be considered a hypercar with 900hp.

      9 months ago
  • First the new c8 is a proper supercar, and with that 900 hp rumor that's hypercar territory! You've just made me love the Corvette c8 even more!

      9 months ago
  • I am a fan, I want the new C8 and am saving for one, will be close to the base model when I buy. I won't be able to afford this spec but it will again likely be the bargain of the century. I cannot imagine why anyone would buy a 911t for more money than Chevy will intro this at. Sounds like it will be a big hit 😁 I don't think there are many who will have a problem with this. They are just improving the platform and performance. They are not bastardizing the brand by making an electric SUV with the name like someone else recently did. They could use a small battery set combined with capacitors to keep the weight down, the petrol engine will supply the electric and power needed with some storage for heavy demand which is what I would suspect they will do. More like the La Ferrari but with AWD will be even better.

      9 months ago
  • Couldn't afford, but if true, I'm definitely a fan!

      9 months ago