Although the Corvette chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, recently said such a version is out of the question, the biggest boss of the American automaker begs to differ.
In a recent interview for the L.A. Times, GM President Mark Reuss eagerly declared: “It’s exciting stuff, I mean it’s cool,” as adding a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), or at least an electric motor that would supplement the power of a gas engine, presents a win-win scenario for automakers; they can add power and efficiency at the same time.
“I think it’s a very attractive idea, actually,” Reuss said. “I think it would be really fun to do, I think it would build capability inside our company and I think people would love it.”
Faster versions of the seventh-generation icon are virtually guaranteed, despite the 6.2-liter V-8 in the base Stingray coupe and convertible making 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Already, spy photos of a Z07 – successor to the current Z06 – have been snapped with estimates putting that model’s horsepower at around 600.
And we shouldn’t forget that if the American brand wants to pit the Corvette against the big supercar manufacturers like, Ferrari or McLaren, it needs to add an energy recapturing system like that found on Ferrari’s LaFerrari or McLaren’s P1 (yes, both hybrid supercars).
Via LA Times