Picture Credit: Glenn Paulina / KGP Pictures
One among our resident secret agent photographers seems to have captured a 2024 Corvette E-Ray Convertible in the street. Two weeks in the past, we’d have argued that that is possibly an “export Z06 convertible”, however the monochromatic shade remedy, corner-mounted exhausts, and the loss of the flat-plane crank engine wail leads us to consider this Corvette is certainly a near-production-spec E-Ray prototype.
Replace: After the e-newsletter of what I assumed was once an overly well-written and thorough article on how this automotive was once an E-Ray, my hopes had been dashed as I used to be reminded of the tailpipes.
The tailpipes! After all!
After smacking myself within the head, I pulled up the 2 most up-to-date Corvette secret agent pictures that had been shared within the closing week. First up is the widebody camouflaged RHD E-Ray that was once captured leaving the Milford Proving Flooring. When it passes, we see the Stingray-style LT2 exhaust pointers which can be extra squared off then the Z06-Export exhaust pointers that are noticed in those footage.
After all the E-Ray would have the similar pointers because the Stingray as a result of they proportion the LT2 V8 and the similar Tenneco exhaust gadget. Are the outflow pipes to the Z06 Exhaust pointers wider to house the LT6? I believe like that’s the case however can’t put my arms on the ones specifications. We learn in other places that the Z06 export pointers also are the similar pointers at the Cadillac Escalade V. Now and again we see what we wish to see, however after cautious assessment, I’m now pondering it’s now not an E-Ray.
Then again, we do query the vertical condenser positioned in entrance of the driver-side radiator and what that may well be used for. My authentic notes are beneath, however yeah, now not an E-Ray…
This Corvette E-Ray prototype was once captured out of doors the Milford Proving Flooring and its specifications lately don’t fit anything else at the 2023 Corvette Z06 Configurator although we simply were given the inside track that the EFY Frame-Colour trim is coming for the Z06. As an alternative, this has the similar exhaust setup because the 6.2-liter Stingray and the body-color trim as noticed at the E-Ray visualizer leak two weeks in the past. There may be no Captured Take a look at Fleet (CTF) decal at the automotive, which possibly signifies that it’s a long run fashion 12 months prototype as we see the acquainted EX-VIN decal as an alternative.
The “conventional’ carbon flash metal black trim has been coated within the prototype’s Hypersonic Grey physique shade. The monochromatic shade remedy begins on the entrance with the entrance grill and consumption trim, at the aspect of the auto with the aspect consumption spear, and the 2 rear extractor vents. The E-Ray was once optioned with the Black Nacelles and Roof, however the one same old exterior physique panel at the E-Ray that continues to be carbon flash metal is the decrease rear valance surrounding the exhaust ports.
The secret agent footage give us an ideal take a look at the entrance air dam parts and we see that angular trim that surrounds the air scoops within the heart of the grille sooner than emerging up in opposition to the higher a part of the fascia has black-painted pointers which offer the semblance that it’s floating. At the decrease entrance motive force’s aspect, it looks as if one of the vital finned radiators is grew to become 90 levels from the only subsequent to it. We additionally notice that there’s a heart radiator that was once positioned there for the improved cooling of the LT6, so are hoping that it is going to stay at the LT2-powered E-Ray as nicely.
The pics additionally give us an ideal take a look at the tread development of the Michelin tires as the auto is popping into the Milford Proving Flooring, and we consider the ones are the Pilot Recreation A/S 4 all-season tires. After we zoom in at the rear brakes, we see cross-drilled rotors and the calipers say “Brembo Carbon Ceramic.” The visualizer leak informed us in regards to the ZER Efficiency Package deal and we all know that the visual carbon fiber wheels may also be to be had for the E-Ray, so seeing the carbon ceramic Brembos isn’t surprising right here.
With the E-Ray happening sale within the Summer time of 2023, it might make very best sense that GM engineers and even perhaps its third-party engineering contractors had been using the E-Ray at the streets for a while, as an identical spec’d automobiles had been noticed way back to Would possibly. Experience those pics of the first-ever Corvette efficiency hybrid below the real gentle of day, and in the event you see anything else fascinating that we’d have ignored, tell us within the feedback!
Pictures via Glenn Paulina / KGP Pictures
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