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Chevrolet Mi-ray

Chevrolet Mi-ray

Chevrolet Mi-ray

Chevrolet Mi-ray
Make Chevrolet
Model Mi-ray
Concept year 2011
Production year -
Engine hybrid, 1.5 litre + 2x electric motors

The Chevrolet Mi-ray was a stunning two-seat roadster concept which was unveiled at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show in South Korea.

The Mi-ray is designed to celebrate Chevrolet's 100 year heritage of automotive design. Mi-ray is also the Korean word for 'future' - a nod to the fact Korea is Chevrolet's newest market.

The Mi-ray was developed at the GM Advanced Design Studio in Seoul. Its styling was inspired by a couple of classic Chevrolet sports cars, including the 1963 Monza SS and the 1962 Corvair Super Spyder. The overall shape of the concept was influenced by modern fighter jets.

Built from carbon fiber, the crisp bodywork features an angled style line which arcs up from the headlights and runs backward, ending at the rear wheel arch. This line is highlighted by ambient lighting underneath. The doors feature a dramatic, if impractical, scissor-mechanism.

The Mi-ray's sleek grille is flanked by LED headlamps with new signature daytime running lamps. The front bumper also features exposed carbon fiber spoilers on either side.

Retractable flaps provide additional airflow control while providing access to the electric charge socket on one side and the fuel filler on the other. The charge socket also features an external battery charge indicator. Each rear wheel arch contains individual cargo space for the storage of small items. The Mi-ray's wheels are massive aluminum-carbon fiber composite units measuring 20-inches in diameter up front, and 21-inches at the rear.

Reflecting the exterior, the cabin of the Chevrolet Mi-ray was also inspired by fighter aircraft. The materials of choice include brushed aluminium, natural leather, white fabric and gloss metal. The interior compartment is surrounded by a carbon fiber shell, which gives it a lightweight yet rigid structure. The interior is wrapped tightly around the occupants, with a driver-centric layout.

The Mi-ray's designers concocted a unique gauge cluster for the concept. Using back projection on the instrument panel, information in front of the driver has been prioritized into three zones. Immediately in front is vehicle performance. It is flanked on the left by range and on the right by navigation and mileage figures.

The Chevrolet Mi-ray is powered by two front-mounted 20 hp (15-kW) electric motors for quick acceleration and zero emissions in urban driving. The motors are powered by a 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery that is charged through regenerative braking energy. The Mi-ray has the capability of being switched from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.

In addition to the electric motors, the Mi-ray is equipped with a mid-mounted 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine to provide significantly more grunt when needed.

A dual-clutch transmission (DCT) enables a reduction in the powertrain's size by eliminating the torque converter. The car's shift pattern has been tuned for improved top speed in performance mode. A start-stop system works in conjunction with the DCT.

Mike Arcamone, GM Korea President said of the drivetrain: "The propulsion concept fits perfectly with the rest of the vehicle, delivering big performance in a small footprint, on the road and in the environment. By combining GM propulsion technology and visionary design, the Mi-ray points to the future of Chevrolets around the globe - expressive, youthful and entertaining."

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