2011 Seoul Motor Show: Chevrolet Introduces Mi-ray Roadster Concept image

Today at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show, GM introduced the Chevrolet Mi-ray concept – a mid-electric hybrid-powered sports model. The roadster celebrates Chevrolet’s 100-year heritage of designing expressive vehicles in the brand’s newest market.

Inspired from the design lines of the 1962 Corvair Super Spyder, this interesting roadster uses electrification to added power and fun, using a hybrid all-wheel drive drivetrain, with two electric motors attached to the front wheels, while a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder puts torque to the ground through the rears. Of course, GM didn’t unveil any performance figures; all we know is that the electric motors make 20-hp each.

In normal driving, the Miray functions as an electric vehicle, using a pair of 15-kW motors to drive the front wheels. But once the driver mashes that pedal on the right, a turbocharged 1.5-liter I-4 — located just aft of the passenger compartment — comes to life

Of course there are more LEDs and carbon fiber than what the real world requires, but this is after all just a concept. But maybe not for long – who knows…

Uwe Grebe, executive director for GM Powertrain Advanced Engineering, states,

“Many of the components in the Mi-ray’s propulsion system are a logical extension of GM’s current technology portfolio.”