While this year's Corvette Stingray is the most advanced ever, offering direct injection and cylinder deactivation technology, General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] has generally kept the Corvette formula a fairly simple one. Big V-8 engine up front, drive going to the rear wheels, and a driver with a big grin sitting between them.
Gas mileage is better than ever and there's now a seventh ratio in the gearbox too, but the company is undecided on whether even to offer stop-start technology. Engineers are worried that such a system will add weight and cost, and compromise the car's image, but increasing efficiency is a major part of keeping vehicles like the Corvette alive over the coming years.
It's worth noting that hybrid technology also dominates in a form of motorsport much closer to Chevrolet's heart--GT racing. Corvettes have been a mainstay of American Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship for many years, and the GT racing environment puts more emphasis on fuel efficiency than most series.
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