A prototype of the upcoming 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray was damaged by fire while hot weather testing in Spain’s Sierra Nevada highlands.
A video posted to social media demonstrates how fierce the fire was, completely engulfing the car and turning it into a molten mass. Much if the loss of this prototype Corvette makes it even more tragic than if it had been a Corvette owned by a client.
According to GM Authority, Bosch was testing the Corvette E-Ray at the time, and an oil leak caused a fire to start in the engine compartment. The fire quickly spread as engineers were trying to stop the car, and it appears to have ignited the battery pack.
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It is not surprising that local fire departments were unable to arrive in time to preserve the pricey prototype as the Corvette was being tested in a somewhat distant place. In fact, all that’s left is a mass of twisted, melted metals. The traces of the wheels are the only indication that this was originally a C8-generation Corvette.
Chevrolet has not yet disclosed the new Corvette E-technical Ray’s details, but it is anticipated to pair a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated LT2 V8 with an electric motor to drive the front wheels. The addition of all-wheel drive is expected to have a significant impact on the handling and overall driving experience, even though we are unsure of how much power it will have.
There is at least one further Corvette hybrid model under development. This vehicle, which may be known as the Zora, could combine a special 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with a hybrid drivetrain to produce up to 1,000 horsepower and 975 lb-ft (1,321 Nm) of torque, propelling the Corvette into the realm of hypercars.