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.