The European Debut Of The Chevrolet Miray Roadster At The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Chevrolet Miray Concept

Chevrolet Miray Concept

The Chevrolet Miray boasts an aerodynamic fuselage, similar to that of moden jet fighters. It features a dual[port grille, flanked by LED headlamps and new signature daytime running lamps.

The Chevrolet Miray concept will have its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, having been first unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show in March 2011.

Powered by two front-mounted, battery powered 15kW motors, the Chevrolet Miray concept offers quick acceleration and zero emissions in urban driving.

"'Miray' is Korean for 'future.' The concept strengthens the bond between car and driver and takes a fresh look at what a sports cars of the future might be," explains Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe. "Many of the components used in its drivetrain are an extension of our systems. The Miray demonstrates the potential for rescaling and extending today's propulsion technologies."

The Chevrolet Miray boasts an aerodynamic fuselage, similar to that of modern jet fighters. It features a dual[port grille, flanked by LED headlamps and new signature daytime running lamps. Front and rear fenders are reminiscent of past Chevrolet Corvettes. Carbon fibre spoilers features at the corners to help control down force and airflow. From a top-down view, the cabin has a diamond shape.

The wedged body side is made of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) and carbon fibre. A suggestion of movement is suggested by an angled character line, with ambient lighting underneath providing a sweeping line of light as the car moves. The doors are Le Mans racer-style scissor doors.

The Chevrolet Miray concept features 20 inch front wheels and 21 inch rear wheels made of aluminium carbon fibre composite.

The interior of the Chevrolet Miray features brushed aluminium, leather, white fabric and liquid metal surfaces. The passenger compartment is surrounded by a carbon-fibre shell, providing a lightweight and rigid structure. The wrap around, driver focused cockpit is inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette.

Information on the display panel is provided by a back projection system, into three zones, removing visual clutter to enable the driver to focus on driving. A centre touch screen flows down to an aluminium support, similar to that of a fighter-jet's nose with the landing gear down.

Ambient lighting, which starts from the upper instrument panel, flows into the seat back area. Seat cushions and headrests area connected by the lightweight carbon-fibre shell, mounted on a single aluminium rails. The headrest area features an air scarf for top-down driving.

When the Chevrolet Miray's start button is pressed, the column-mounted retractable meter cluster rises, like that of a canopy of a single seat aircraft and "interactive projection" appears on the white surface.

The traditional rearview mirrors are replaced on the Chevrolet Miray, by retractable rearview cameras which extend from the side glass electrically. During city driving, the forward-facing camera works in combination with GPS to overlay navigation information with real-time video.

The Chevrolet Miray features a "mid-electric" propulsion system, featuring two front-mounted 15kW electric motors powered by a 1.6kWh lithium-ion battery which is charged by regenerative braking energy. The system can be switched between front and rear wheel drive.

For performance driving, the Chevrolet Miray features a 1.5 litre four cylinder turbo charged engine, mounted behind the cockpit.

Quick gear shifts are made possible with a dual clutch transmission, with a shift pattern tuned for improved top speed in performance mode. The Chevrolet Miray also features a start-stop system.

Published 16 August 2011 Staff

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