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Old 04-12-2021, 12:13 PM   #1
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Electricity is good for performance. We know this because we've been told that the Corvette E-Ray will be even quicker than the Z06 version. As much as that may bother V8-loving hordes of Corvette, the day will eventually come when even the famous Stingray badge will refer to an electric sports car.

We've considered some design possibilities of what the Vette could look like if approached from a totally unique angle, but this is more than just a flight of fancy. Eventually, the 'skateboard' architecture that most EVs use will mean that building a unique body atop the chassis shouldn't be very difficult. So what if Chevrolet looks to the past for inspiration one day? Former Toyota designer Craig Kember shows us how such a machine could look.

Kember's design is clearly inspired by Corvettes of old, most notably the C3 Stingray that is now considered one of the most beautiful American sports cars ever made. Sharp lines dominate the design, with a swooping glasshouse framed by massive wheelhouses on each corner of the car. Interestingly, Kember's design adds vents to the hood, but the rest of the design hints at an electric powertrain, with no exhaust tips and no clear indication of intake vents. Sadly, all we get to see of the 'Electro Stingray', as Kember calls it, is what you see in the above Instagram post, so we don't know what the front of the car would look like.

This is an interesting design proposition, as it shows that GM need not continually look for ways to enhance the design of the Stingray. The classic lines and shapes of early models clearly fit well with a futuristic world, and it's only a matter of time before designers of the future return to body shapes with more defined angles and sharp edges. After all, fashion - even that of car design - tends to draw inspiration from past works that have made an impact on pop culture. And with the most aggressively styled Corvette ever being electric, there would be no downsides to driving around in something from a comic book. Or are we looking at this all wrong? Should designs keep evolving and changing? Only the buying public can influence that decision.



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Thats what the future EV-Supra should look like. That looks more Supra than a Vette.
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I doubt we'll see a long-hood Corvette again . . . unless it has 4 doors.
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One advantage of EV platforms is there is a lot more flexibility in body design. So why not use that to go wild.
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Thats what the future EV-Supra should look like. That looks more Supra than a Vette.



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Old 04-13-2021, 07:38 PM   #10
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They should call it Prelude and make it FWD to throw people off.

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One advantage of EV platforms is there is a lot more flexibility in body design. So why not use that to go wild.
Yeah, i don't like the long hood setup and it usually leads to crappy driver dynamics. Hard to get the corner of the car placed right when your so far away and you get tossed more.
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One thing Vette guys love is saying that their vehicles will go over 200mph.
EV have a lot of trouble doing that as they are gearless. They need transmissions. The faster you spin an electric motor the less torque they have. Makes for great 0-60 numbers, but for 80-120 not so spiffy. Depends on what Vette owners want I suppose. We will see what happens.
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would drive.

but their trademark images are a bit more along the styling of the Honda E, so probably more realistic.

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One thing Vette guys love is saying that their vehicles will go over 200mph.
EV have a lot of trouble doing that as they are gearless. They need transmissions. The faster you spin an electric motor the less torque they have. Makes for great 0-60 numbers, but for 80-120 not so spiffy. Depends on what Vette owners want I suppose. We will see what happens.
Porsche is already using a 2-speed tranny on their Taycan; it's just a matter of time until we start seeing EVs with a couple more gears (assuming people care).
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Some Formula E teams use them as well and they don't even reach high speed very often.
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Porsche is already using a 2-speed tranny on their Taycan; it's just a matter of time until we start seeing EVs with a couple more gears (assuming people care).
Personally, I'm hoping for an era of affordable retrofit kits for all shapes and sizes of manual performance cars. I'd love a REAL kit with REAL battery range and such for a miata or s2000. There was someone who made an EV out of their s2000, but I don't know if he ever "finished" the project and got any real use out of it.

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