GM unveils Chevrolet Mi-Ray hybrid supercar

General Motors has unveiled the next step in the Volt experiment: the Chevrolet Mi-Ray hybrid supercar. Here's a look at the concept vehicle.
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General Motors has unveiled the next step in the Volt experiment, a hybrid supercar named the "Mi-Ray" that will appear under the Chevrolet marque.

The concept vehicle took home the award for best new concept car at the Seoul Motor Show, according to our colleagues at CNET, for both its aggressive styling and its electric propulsion system that's centrally located for maximum efficiency and weight distribution.

Like its consumer cousin the Volt, the Mi-ray combines two front-mounted 15-kilowatt electric motors (paired with a 1.6-kilowatt-hour battery) with an efficient, 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

As with any other conventional hybrid, the battery is recharged through regenerative braking.

The Mi-Ray -- its name means "future" in Korean -- is a product of work done by the GM Advanced Design Studio in Seoul, and exists to demonstrate how far (and fast) current electric drivetrain technology can go.

A few more details:

  • Carbon fiber and CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) body
  • 20-inch wheels in front, 21-inchers in the back; both made of aluminum-carbon fiber composite
  • Lamborghini-style scissor doors
  • It's all-electric in the city. The gasoline engine kicks in when it's time to race.
  • GM did not release figures for fuel consumption, acceleration or top speed.

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