The QHP770 is a Modified Corvette that Showcases the Performance Potential of Hybrid Technology
I’m glad that, despite rumors swirling around for months during the C7′s production, Chevrolet did not go the route of the hybrid sports car. The Corvette Stingray is a pure, powerful, enjoyable, and beautiful piece of automotive design and engineering. It is as wonderfully old school and iconic as a Corvette should be, and, unmatched by any other four-wheeled entity on Earth in terms of overall package.
That being said, there’s something to be said for the technologies of tomorrow being used today, and Quanta Products, LLC is showcasing what might be possible. They’ve crafted an extremely high performance hybrid modification for the C6 Z06 known as the QHP770. With over 25 years experience in the Corvette modification scene, their recent move to include hybrid technology is equal parts surprisingly unexpected and exciting.
Quanta’s goal is to utilize classic combustion technologies with modern-day electric drive ones to craft “hyperformance” vehicles and, if the QHP770 is a sign of things to come from their shop, they’re definitely on the right track. Showcased at SEMA 2013, the QHP770 Corvette utilizes the track-monster C6 Z06 with its 505HP LS7 engine as its canvas and builds out from there.
The electric drive component of the QHP770 hybrid is powered by two 100 kilowatt YASA 750 axial flux electric motors which are incorporated in the rear differential of the car. Power for these electric motors is derived from a 400 volts, 30 Ah, 11.3 kilowatt-hour battery pack coupled through two Sevcon controllers. The end result of this electric engine–which has no RPM drag and can deliver its power instantaneously to the wheels–is a vehicle that, when its gas and electric motors are combined, results in 770HP and 1500 lb/ft of torque. That extra torque, delivered instantaneously to the fat and sticky Corvette rear wheels should result in neck-snapping acceleration numbers.
“We are convinced that hybrid vehicle technology has tremendous potential for high performance vehicles,” said Quanta owner and chief engineer Gary Whiting. “We formed Quanta Hybrid Performance so we could demonstrate its relevance and be among the leaders in this development arena.”
While I’m happy that this vehicle is still just a boutique iteration of the Corvette and not the Chevrolet norm for ‘Vette construction, I’m also excited that such a car now exists. With the Quanta battery pack weighing in 282 pounds, and the rest of the electric drive components probably equally weighted, I am however curious to see how this Quanta Corvette can perform in a track setting. Part of the C6 Z06′s beauty is its balance and poise around the most treacherous of track settings, and the added weight focused at the rear diff will certainly upset that balance. However, the supercar acceleration of such a machine could definitely offset that handling awkwardness. I’ll certainly keep my eyes peeled for official performance numbers and further information on the GHP770 C0rvette moving forward.