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Does Electrification of the Chevy Corvette Bring Promise or Peril for Tuners and Modders?

Posted May 11, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
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An all-wheel-drive, hybrid Corvette could hit showrooms as early as next year and an all-electric C8 will follow at an undisclosed date, according to an announcement by General Motors that included the teaser video below.

While internal-combustion-engine (ICE) variants aren’t going anywhere for now, General Motors President Mark Reuss announced April 25 that the company’s Corvette team was now occupying a portion of “the EV space” in Warren, Michigan.

“We will offer an electrified and fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future,” Reuss wrote in a LinkedIn post, explaining that this is the “more to come” teased during the mid-engine Corvette announcement back in 2019, and that GM “will offer an electrified Corvette as early as next year. Details and names to come at a later date.”

Ultium is a modular battery system intended to underpin various GM products as the corporation electrifies its offerings. The system is tailorable to front-drive, rear-drive, and all-wheel-drive chassis (and all seemingly promising fodder for adaptation into older cars). It also includes heavy reliance on proprietary "Ultifi" software, which may mean new challenges afoot for tuners and hobbyists.

Parsing Reuss's statements, "electrified" mostly likely means a hybrid—presumably with a electric assist on the front axle similar to the Porsche 918 Spyder or second-generation Acura NSX. Notice how the 'Vette teaser video shows the car spinning its front wheels but includes a clear ICE exhaust note. It's not clear whether the "fully electric" Corvette will be on the current platform, a future generation, or separate model.

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05/11/2022 11:15 AM

Will Corvette enthusiasts buy it? It will be interesting to see what happens.

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05/15/2022 3:59 PM

Nobody in their right mind would buy it.

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