[POLL] Grand Sport or E-Ray? What Ought to GM Name the C8 Corvette Hybrid?

[POLL] Grand Sport or E-Ray? What Should GM Call the C8 Corvette Hybrid?

[POLL] Grand Sport or E-Ray? What Should GM Call the C8 Corvette Hybrid?

With the knowledge that GM has recently filed a registration to trademark the “Corvette Grand Sport” name, should the coming electrified Corvette be named the Corvette Grand Sport or the E-Ray?

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[POLL] Grand Sport or E-Ray? What Should GM Call the C8 Corvette Hybrid?

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Huge, large information out of Normal Motors this week with the acknowledgment {that a} USPTO trademark for the title “Corvette Grand Sport” was not too long ago filed by the automaker. With GM President Mark Reuss popping out in April saying an electrified Corvette might be coming subsequent 12 months, we needed to ask the Corvette Nation to supply some buyer analysis to GM as to which title is most well-liked extra: Grand Sport or E-Ray.

The Grand Sport title is steeped in Corvette historical past as the primary use of the title got here in 1963 with Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov who developed and accomplished 5 light-weight Corvette racers designed to battle the equally mild and really quick Shelby Cobras. GM’s ban on manufacturer-supported racing finally led to the 125-run of light-weight Grand Sports activities to be canceled, each these authentic 5 Grand Sports activities had been launched into the wild, and right this moment they’re essentially the most collectible and highest valued Corvettes on the planet.

Chevy introduced the title again in 1996 for a particular run of 1,000 Corvette Grand Sports activities to assist shut out the C4 technology. Not like most particular editions, the C4 Grand Sports activities obtained the one-year-only LT4 engine which bumped up horsepower from the LT1’s 300 hp to 330hp. Painted in Admiral Blue with a full-length white racing stripe, the C4 Grand Sports activities are probably the most acknowledged particular editions created throughout Corvette’s now 70-year reign.

2010 Cirvette Grand Sport

The primary ‘loaner’ I ever obtained from Chevrolet was this Torch Purple 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. Photograph Credit score: Keith Cornett

It was throughout Normal Motor’s darkest days that the Grand Sport title shined the brightest and had the largest influence on the model. Going through chapter and with future mannequin growth on maintain, Chevy’s engineers and designers went to work on creating a brand new mannequin using Chevrolet’s current elements bin. By taking the widebody design of the C6 Z06 and mixing it with the usual LS3 V8, Chevy created a model new mannequin that slotted completely between the bottom Corvettes and the performance-oriented Z06. The brand new Grand Sport was out there as a Coupe or Convertible, and it provided each handbook and automated transmissions – selections that had been unavailable within the C6 Z06 mannequin. Unveiled on the NCM Bash in 2009, the C6 Grand Sport was an instantaneous hit and would turn out to be the C6’s best-selling mannequin via 2013.

After a three-year layoff, GM designers shocked us once more with a shock reveal of the C7 Corvette Grand Sport on the Geneva Motor Present in 2016. Clients and automotive writers beloved the brand new automobile and referred to as it the perfect of each worlds because it featured the broader physique with upgraded suspension and brakes, whereas extra high-performance elements like carbon ceramic brakes and the Z06’s aero equipment had been made out there. GM claims that no Grand Sport was initially deliberate for the C7 technology however fixed prodding from prospects asking “the place is the Grand Sport?” acquired them to incorporate it. Even now as we’re getting into our third 12 months of C8 manufacturing, there’s all the time that one man on the Bash or Carlisle asking when the following Grand Sport might be coming. Perhaps prior to we ever thought!

C8 Corvette E-Ray Rendering

After which there’s the Corvette E-Ray. The E-Ray title was first trademarked in 2015 by Normal Motors and renewed once more in 2020. GM had additionally registered the title Manta Ray in 2015 which has its roots as one of many early C3 idea vehicles, however that trademark was deserted in 2020 seemingly in favor of the E-Ray title profitable out. As the following new Corvette is ready to be a hybrid-electric automobile with the Stingray’s 495-hp LT2 V8 mixed with a entrance mount electrical motor(s), the E-Ray title makes the best connotations that it’s an electrified Stingray.

Not like a few of the different naming conventions resembling GM’s current historical past of merely including EV to current automobile names just like the Silverado EV or the Hummer EV, E-Ray does stand out. However then once more, we’re going to see everyone doing the “E-” dance for his or her naming of electrified autos. Ford did an identical dance in bringing out the Mustang Mach-E with a play on utilizing their very own historic “Mach 1” moniker that Ford has featured on and off through the years, very like our Grand Sports activities. Not like the approaching electrified Corvette, the Mach-E shares nothing with ICE-powered Mustangs apart from a operating horse as its brand.

In our opinion, E-Ray is so significantly better than E-Corvette or the Corvette EV. It’s futuristic-sounding (for now) and it’ll assist to bridge the hole between the gas-powered Corvettes and the eventual absolutely electrical Corvette. So maybe E-Ray does higher justice for the hybrid Corvette than the historic Grand Sport title.

So let’s put the naming resolution into the fingers of the Corvette Nation. Which title would you select for the electrified grand touring mannequin coming subsequent 12 months?

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