General Motors has applied to renew the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport trademark, according to a recent filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The Grand Sport name was previously used for versions of the C6 and C7 Corvette that were a step up from the base models in performance, but sat below the Z06 and ZR1 models in the hierarchy. Chevy also used the name for a C4 Corvette variant.
The name originated with a 1962 project by Corvette godfather Zora Arkus Duntov to create a lightweight racing version of the C2 Corvette. However, GM brass didn't approve of the project, and only five of the original Corvette Grand Sports were built.
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Given that history, it makes sense for GM to maintain the Grand Sport trademark. The question is what it will be used on next?
It's not hard to imagine a C8 Corvette Grand Sport slotting between the Stingray and Z06. But GM is also planning hybrid and all-electric Corvette models, and the name for one of them seems to be in flux at the moment.
The idea of a hybrid Corvette seemed unthinkable a decade ago, but such a vehicle is now in development. Prototypes have been spotted and Tremec has filed a patent application for what appears to be the car's transmission.
2023 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
GM trademarked the Corvette E-Ray name in 2015, seemingly for an upcoming electrified model. While Corvette E-Ray has been abandoned, according information from the USPTO, GM still has a trademark filing for the E-Ray name without the Corvette prefix. Could the upcoming Corvette hybrid be called Grand Sport and the electric be called E-Ray? GM hasn't announced naming for either, so we'll have to wait until they are unveiled.
If the Grand Sport becomes the hybrid, it would serve as a stepping stone in electrification to Chevy's planned all-electric Corvette, just as previous Grand Sport models were a step toward the high-performance Z06 and ZR1. GM President Mark Reuss said in April that the electric Corvette is coming, but didn't say when.