Journalists at the Seoul Motor Show have awarded Chevy’s new hybrid super car concept, the Mi-Ray, the Best New Concept Car Award. The Mi-ray is a throw-back and a push forward all at the same time, finding its styling in the super cars of the past — the 1963 Monza SS and the 1962 Corvair Super Spyder — all the while keeping the latest technology under the hood. The Mi-ray is powered by a mid-electric propulsion system that is located mainly underneath and behind the driver for maximum efficiency. The car pairs a super-turbocharged engine with its electric motor for maximum thrust, speed and driver enjoyment.
Much like the highly successful Chevy Volt, the Mi-ray combines electric motors with an efficient fuel powered engine. In addition to its two front-mounted 15-kW electric motors — which are powered by a 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery that is charged through regenerative braking energy — the Mi-Ray has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that combines seamlessly with its electric motors for maximum performance.
The Mi-Ray was developed in the GM Advanced Design Studio in Seoul. “Many of the components in the Mi-ray’s propulsion system are a logical extension of GM’s current technology portfolio,” said Uwe Grebe, executive director for GM Powertrain Advanced Engineering. “The concept shows the potential for reconfiguring, rescaling and extending today’s propulsion technologies.” If the Mi-Ray were to hit the road as a commercial vehicle — much like the Tesla Roadster — its good looks could help call attention to the smart, innovative technology it is hiding under that super-car skin.
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