Imagine stuffing six Toyota Prius engines into a single Chevrolet Corvette. The fuel economy would probably suffer, but the car's pick-up sure would be impressive. And that's sort of what Maryland-based aftermarket-product maker Quanta is proposing with a hybrid kit for the iconic General Motors sports car, Gizmag reports.

In this case, the hybrid technology is all about torque and performance, and has little to do with reducing fuel use. Specifically, the Quanta Corvette QHP770 has two 134-horsepower electric motors dropped into the car's rear differential. Combined with the Corvette's existing mill, the car's got 770 horsepower. As the Geico pig puts it: "Whhheeeeeeeeeee!"

While Quanta hasn't released much official on price or performance, the company estimates that the souped up Corvette can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 3.3 seconds. We looked, but for some reason Quanta didn't give any fuel-economy estimates for this hybrid.

GM released details of the most recent generation of the 'Vette in August, estimating that the car could go from 0 to 60 mpg in a still really impressive 3.8 seconds. The car also has a 17/29 city/highway fuel-economy split, meaning the car's city fuel economy is about a third of what the Prius can do. Check out Autoblog's First Drive of the "normal" Corvette (pictured) here.


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      RoyEMunson
      • 1 Year Ago
      17/29 is pretty damn impressive considering the other sports-cars in its class... Not sure it needs a Hybrid system, i mean, this isnt really a commuter.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Super cool, but kinda useless as this only really helps at lower speeds.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering that traction control basically governs down the engine's torque output to the wheels, some electric motors probably won't help this beast get off of the line much quicker. They might help more in higher gears. It would be a lot better if they could put those motors on the front wheels for AWD and better regenerative braking. The problem would obviously be, where could you put those motors? The engine is in the way of front wheel motors. Perhaps when hub motors are perfected, this will be possible.
      transpower
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this is an excellent concept.
      Luciano
      • 1 Year Ago
      770HP? I didn't know the Stingray was being shipped with the LS9...
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is this on green autoblog?
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      This term "upgrade" I do not think it means what you think it does.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am going to do a 3 motor upgrade for 904HP. When that isnt enough, I will drop 4 in... In all seriousness, this is just vaporware. Nice thought, impossible to implement.
      mawhalen53
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to read more about this, but I can't find a website for them. Does anyone have any leads?
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