If you thought that a hybrid Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) is just a dream, you’d better think again as Quanta has just revealed an add-on hybrid kit for the American supercar. Still, don’t think that the Corvette Z06 is now a fuel-efficient sports car as the hybrid kit boosts the vehicle’s performances and does not improve the fuel consumption.
Quanta Corvette QHP770 uses the same 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine developing 505 bhp (377 kW) but also a couple of YASA 750 axial flux electric motors built into the rear differential.
The motors generate 134 bhp (100 kW) and get their energy from the lithium-polymer battery pack, which has a capacity of 11.3 kW.
The battery can be recharged during driving or externally. The total output delivered by the Quanta Corvette QHP770 is 770 bhp (574 kW) and an impressive 2,034 Nm (1,500 lb-ft) of torque. With these numbers, the sports car hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.3 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds.
Corvette Z06's power- and drivetrain systems matched the LS7's performance abilities. The lightweight, four-in-one headers emit into new, closed-coupled catalytic converters through to all-new bi-modal mufflers.
Each muffler features a vacuum-actuated outlet valve that directs exhaust noise while operation with low-load and opens up for maximal power.
At the LS7 engine’s rear, a single-mass flywheel and light, high-capacity clutch channel torque to the rear transaxle. The six-speed manual transmission has been reinforced to deal with the car’s increased torque load.
The transmission has a pump that moves transmission fluid to the front radiator for cooling. When it comes back, the fluid takes away added heat from the differential lube before going back to the transmission. The six-speed transmission links to a limited-slip differential, with larger ring and pinion gears. Sturdier axle half-shafts with stronger universal joints conduct power to the wheels in the rear.
The Corvette Z06 has an exclusive aluminium body form for maximum sturdiness and lightness for the fixed-roof style. Perimeter rails are a single piece of hydroformed aluminium units featuring cast suspension nodes that take the place of many welded steel parts on other Corvette models. Other castings, stampings, and extrusions are integrated into the pioneering configuration with modern manufacturing skills.
Modern structure components made of carbon fibre are attached to the aluminium form. The broader front wheelhouses, for example, are made with carbon composites and the floors of the passenger compartment blend carbon-fibre skins with a core of ultra-light balsa wood.