Chevrolet Mi-Ray: The Future

This aggressive and aerodynamic concept car is the Chevrolet Mi-ray.

This aggressive and aerodynamic concept car is the Chevrolet Mi-ray. It takes design cues from predecessor cars in the division’s storied history, such as the 1962 Corvair Super Spyder and the 1963 Monza SS.

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It was designed at the GM Advanced Design Studio. . .in Seoul.

And while “Mi-ray” may bring “Stingray” to mind, it is actually the Korean word for “future.”

The car was revealed today at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show.

Which is another indication of how the auto world is shifting.

In about three weeks the New York Auto Show is being held. One might image that a concept like this would be revealed there, but as the Chevy brand is being launched globally, the Korean market was deemed the appropriate place for the car.

Seems like the future for car companies may be Elsewhere.

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Body is primarily carbon-fiber-based composite material. The angled character line has ambient lighting underneath. There are 20-in. wheels in the front and 21s in the rear.

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LeMans-racer style swing up for access to the interior. The dual-port grille is framed by LED headlamps. The Mi-ray is powered by two front-mounted 15-kW electric motors that are powered by a 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery. There is also a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s mounted behind the cockpit; it works in concert with the electric motors. There is a dual-clutch transmission. There is also an energy-saving start-stop system. The car can be switched from front-wheel to rear-wheel drive. “Many of the components in the Mi-ray’s propulsion system are a logical extension of GM’s current technology portfolio. The concept shows the potential for reconfiguring, rescaling, and extending today’s propulsion technologies,” said Uwe Grebe, executive director, GM Powertrain Advanced Engineering.

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The interior continues the jet-fighter theme. Materials used include brushed aluminum, leather, and fabric. The displays use back-projection, and there are three information zones—vehicle performance, navigation, mileage—so as to simplify.