E-Ray Corvette Video Interview With Mark Reuss & Mike Kutcher

We have a great E-Ray Corvette Video Interview with Mark Reuss and Mike Kutcher by Pushing Pistons with a cutaway E-Ray. But first, let’s review the new E-Ray and what we know so far. You can also read the 2024 E-Ray Corvette press releases on this post.

2024 Corvette E Ray Cutaway Walkaround
2024 Corvette E Ray Cutaway Walkaround Photos Source Pushing Pistons Video

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The all-new E-Ray Corvette is the latest iteration of Chevrolet’s iconic sports car. It combines the power and performance of the Z06 with the added benefit of an electric motor and All Wheel Drive. It does 2.5 seconds in 0 to 60 time and a quarter mile time of 10.5 seconds.

E-Ray’s Exterior

The gasoline-powered Stingray is 3.6 inches smaller than the new widebody E-Ray.

The Corvette E-Ray will have four aluminum wheel finishes to choose from and come in 14 exterior color choices, including new offerings for 2024 of Riptide Blue, Seawolf Gray, and Cacti.

It will have special badging, seat choices, interior colors, and many choices to personalize your car will also be offered. The

New Artemis Dipped Interior

Available only on the 2024 models is a new color, Artemis Dipped interior. This color has deep green tones and will be available on the E-Ray. The 2024 Corvette E-Ray Visualizer is up and running. Check it out.

Other interior features on the 2024 E-Ray Corvette:

  • Head-Up Display is standard
  • Performance Data Recorder is an available option
  • Standard wireless Apple CarPlay®† and wireless Android Auto™† compatibility
  • 14-speaker Bose Performance Series system is available
  • E-Ray App is located on the center screen, gives you a quick look at even more performance data, RWD vs. FWD power, and vehicle information

The Performance of the E-Ray Corvette

E Ray Corvette Video Interview showing the C8 Engine and rear
E Ray Corvette Video Interview showing the C8 Engine and rear Photo Source Pushing Pistons Video

With the stock C8’s LT2 and an electric motor, the new E-Ray is basically a Z06. You can read about the C8 ZO6 engine in this post.

The electrification piece is down the center tunnel of the vehicle. This battery pack provides power to the front Drive Unit which powers the front wheels and produces 160 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. When the E-Ray is combined with the LT2 and performance exhaust, it produces a combined 655 horsepower from both the electric motor and the V-8. The E-Ray has 15 hp less than the 2023 Corvette Z06, but it can sprint to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds faster. The quarter mile is in 10.5 seconds, which is the same as the Z06 in tests.

2.5 seconds 0 to 60 and a quarter mile time of 10 and a half seconds!

The E-Ray Battery Pack

E Ray Corvette Battery System
E Ray Corvette Battery System Photo Source Pushing Pistons Video
E Ray Corvette Battery System
E Ray Corvette Battery System Photo Source Pushing Pistons Video

The battery is mounted in the center tunnel and is quite small by today’s standard at just 1.9 kWh.
The battery pack adds about 100 pounds to the weight of the car, while the electric motor and components add another 200 pounds.

The E-Ray’s battery is recharged while driving rather than by plugging into a charger. So, as the car accelerates and brakes the battery is recharged with no physical connection between the motor and the battery pack. GM engineers felt that making it a plug-in would have affected performance in favor of range.

E-Ray Corvette compared to the ZO6

The E-Ray will feature the same body panels as the Z06 and other performance options exclusive to the Z06. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard equipment.

Instead of the summer tires included with the Z06, the E-Ray features Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires in size 275/30ZR-20 in front and 345/25ZR-21 in the rear. These are the largest tires ever fitted to a production car. As an option, you can get the stickier Pilot Sport 4S summer rubber.

How fast does the e-Ray Corvette go?

According to Chevy the E-Ray has a top speed of around 180 mph.

The E-Ray’s Weight

The E-Ray will weigh roughly around 3,966 pounds and the convertible will weigh approximately 4,099 pounds. The 2024 convertible E-Ray will be the first Corvette to weigh more than two tons.

Electric Only Ability

The E-Ray is also the first Corvette capable of driving on electric power alone when in a special Stealth mode. But the mode is only good for about 5 miles at a maximum speed of 45mph.

As a standard option on most cars now, it has a mode that will turn the gas engine off when you come to a stop and automatically turn it back on when the light turns green.

Stealth Mode – Neighborhood Exit!

In looking at social media, one of the concerns is the sound or lack of sound with a battery-powered car. The new E-Ray Stealth Mode, although as we already saw is only good for a short distance might be a feature your neighbors might enjoy. Now you can leave your home quietly and let you drive a short distance, at a limited speed, using the electric power to the front axles and not disturb your neighbors.

In the video at the bottom of this article, we have a walkaround of a cutaway E-Ray with Mike Kutcher who was the Lead Vehicle Development engineer for the Corvette E-Ray and explains the difference between the Stealth mode and the shuttle mode.

But for a quick overview, Shuttle mode is not for public roads and goes about 15 miles an hour and is great for moving your car around in the garage and not getting the engine hot. It is also good for a race Paddock situation and you can go from point A to B and not start your engine. The engine never comes on in shuttle mode.

In Stealth mode the engine does a flying start so as you are driving and you approach the limits of the electric capability the engine will automatically start.

So what do the E-Ray Coupe and Convertible Cost?

This base 1LZ coupe will have a price of $104,295, going on sale later this year (2023) which is almost $40K more than the base 2023 Stingray coupe but $7000 less than the 2023 Z06 coupe.

But if you wanted the 1LZ Trim E-Ray convertible it will cost you an extra $7000 with a starting price of $111,295.

E-Ray Corvette Video Interview

E Ray Corvette Video Interview With Mark Reuss
E Ray Corvette Video Interview With Mark Reuss Photo Source Pushing Pistons Video
E Ray Corvette Video Interview With Mike Kutcher
E Ray Corvette Video Interview With Mike Kutcher Photo Source Pushing Pistons Video

Pushing Pistons Video takes an in-depth look at the 2024 Corvette E-Ray with interviews from GM President Mark L. Reuss and Mike Kutcher who was the Lead Vehicle Development engineer for the Corvette E-Ray as they do a walkaround the cutaway 2024 Corvette E-Ray.

Mike Kutcher goes into the challenges of thermal management as you push your vehicle for maximum performance and track performance and shows the electrification parts in the cutaway E-Ray Corvette. He shows the various cooling units that are used for the battery pack and their placements.

In the E-Ray Corvette Video Interview at 19:00 you can hear the engine as they “take off” in the E-Ray. It’s pretty cool!

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