Chevrolet Miray hybrid Sportser for Frankfurt
By Jack Martin
August 16, 2011
Chevrolet's Miray concept is propelled by two front-mounted 15-kW electric motors for quick acceleration and zero emissions in urban driving. It can switch from the electric motors to the 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo-charged gas engine mounted behind the cockpit, and it can employ all of the above for maximum sporting performance.
The entire body is carbon fiber, as are the Le Mans racer-style scissor doors. Throw in a dual clutch, and in our mind, you have a sports car that makes sense. The car was originally debuted at the Seoul Motor Show in Korea earlier this year, but today's news that it will appear at Frankfurt suggests it has a lot more chance of seeing production than it did yesterday.
"Miray" is Korean for "future" and lightweight hybrid sports cars are without doubt where sports performance will need to go in the mid-term future of automobiles. We're less than a decade away from phenomenally high fuel prices (IMHO), so it's unlikely that large capacity, ultra-high-power sportscars will be in vogue at that stage. Hence the Miray could prove to be a future competitor for the likes of Mazda's MX5.
No weight has been specified, but even the Le Mans racer-style scissor doors are plastic reinforced with carbon fiber, while the wheels are carbon fiber and ... there's no roof, so the overall weight of the car can be expected to be minimal - our guess is way less than 1000 kg. All-in-all, that makes for some pretty exciting performance. This is also suggested by the dual clutch transmission.
The interior of the Miray is equally as interesting, particularly in the information display area which utilizes back projection of the instrument panel with a center touch screen. When the centrally-located start-button is pressed, the column-mounted retractable meter cluster rises like the canopy of a single-seat aircraft and "interactive projection" appears on the white surface.
There are also retractable rearview cameras which extend from the side glass electrically when the car is started and when driving in urban areas, the forward-facing camera operates in conjunction with the GPS to overlay navigation information with real-time video.
This is one worth waiting for.