SEMA 2019

Chevrolet's E-10 Concept showcases electrified hot rodding

The E-10 Concept reimagines hot rodding as an electric pursuit.

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Drop it low, just don't plan on dropping it into 4 Low. Chevrolet has reimagined the future of hot rodding with an electrified concept truck. It took just 18 weeks to build, from the initial concept conception to the truck's arrival at SEMA.

The vehicle started its life as a 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck. It is now powered by Chevrolet's Connect & Cruise concept crate propulsion package. This package the truck 450 horsepower using the same proven powertrain components that are in the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Chevy says that the truck has a zero to 60 mph time of around 5 seconds and that it can do a quarter mile in around 13 seconds.

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck Under the hood are the same components that propel a Chevrolet Bolt EV.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

"The Chevrolet E-10 electrified Connect & Cruise concept system reimagines the performance crate engine for hot rodders," said Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance and Motorsports. "As General Motors continues to work toward our vision of a zero-emissions world, concepts such as this help us get there, while still supporting the enthusiasts who love to drive vintage vehicles."

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck A three-motor system resides under the truck's hood.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Under the hood are a double stack of Chevrolet Performance concept electric crate motors (eCrate) and an automatic transmission that transfers torque to the truck's rear axle. The high-efficiency motors are built into modular housing that allows the three motors to be stacked and linked together.

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck The truck gets its power from dual battery packs.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Two 400-volt batteries with 60 kWh of energy each rest in the bed of the truck under a hard tonneau cover. The two battery packs can be simultaneously charged and give the truck double the power that is in the Bolt EV.

"General Motors has the in-house talent required to create a concept like the E-10," said Campbell. "With the innovative thinking and expertise our performance team, electrification team and many others at GM bring, this project went from concept to running vehicle in 18 weeks to demonstrate what the future of an eCrate propulsion system and hot rodding could look like."

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck Chevrolet has covered the truck's batteries with a hard tonneau cover.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The truck's EV power means that it's lacking one central tenant of hot rodding- a grumbling exhaust. The E-10 does its best to make up for that, with three speakers that simulate the sound of a V8 (one on the front and two in the back). The system comes with five modes that a driver can choose: LS7 Z28 track tuning, LS7 Z28 touring turning, a V8 engine, a futuristic sound, or silent. The noise changes depending on the power output, mimicking the changing of gears of a powertrain that includes an internal combustion engine.

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck The truck still retains much of its vintage flair.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The exterior and interior of the truck combines vintage looks with modern technology. It has the classic body of a C-10 but also has an illuminated Bowtie emblem on the grille and LED headlights and taillights. The instrument panel has been updated with digital displays to showcase the electric propulsion system and the restored cabin's seating has been trimmed in leather.

The truck has been lowered to ride on 20 x 9-inch front and 22 x 10-inch rear wheels.

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Chevy confirmed the new Z06 with 670 horsepower.

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After years of speculation, Chevy announced the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette for the 2020 model year. Almost immediately, a new round of rumors took off around the potential for an even higher performance Z06 model. Chevy finally confirmed the car yesterday with a design and specs that improve on the standard Corvette in almost every way.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new LT6 V8 features a flat-plane crank and an 8,600 rpm redline.Chevrolet

The star of the show is the new 5.5-liter flat-plane crank LT6 V8. The mill churns out an unbelievable 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and can rev all the way out to 8,600 rpm. Power numbers aside, the sky-high redline lets the engine wail and scream in a way that we've not heard outside of Corvette racing cars. The hand-assembled engines are paired with a single technician through the build process and each unit carries a plaque with the builder's name.

To differentiate the Z06 from "normal" Corvettes, Chevy gave the car unique front and rear fascias, 20-inch front/21-inch rear wheels, and a configurable rear spoiler designed to improve high-speed stability. The Z06 is available with lightweight carbon wheels designed to reduce unsprung weight. The car itself is 9.4 centimeters wider than the Corvette Stingray to accommodate larger wheel sizes and incorporate larger cooling air vents on the side.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Z06's interior features many upgrades over the standard car.Chevrolet

As a more track-focused Corvette, the Z06 comes with tech to improve performance and record drives. When in track mode, the Z06's Performance Traction Management system is activated, which offers five levels of torque reduction and brake intervention, and an electronic limited slip differential helps keep the rear planted.

Inside, the Z06 improves on the Stingray's cabin with seven interior color choices, three seat options, six seatbelt designs, and two interior carbon fiber trim packages. Chevy says that the car's interior has a bespoke and upscale feel that sets it apart from the standard Corvette, which itself already had a gorgeous cabin.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Z06 is wider than the Stingray to accommodate larger wheels and bodywork.Chevrolet

The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be built at the automaker's Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky. Chevy will build the cars in both left- and right-hand drive configurations when production kicks off in summer 2022.

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OTA software updates

Tesla rolls back FSD beta before issuing fix

Tesla issued a beta update but quickly pulled it back.

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Tesla's Full Self-Driving tech is currently in public beta testing, which means that the automaker allows a subset of its owners to download the software to their cars. Over the weekend, Tesla released FSD beta 10.3 and users started reporting issues almost immediately. Since Tesla's PR department is essentially CEO Elon Musk's Twitter account, he took to social media to outline the process to fix problems with the beta.

Tesla FSD Drivers reported issues with vehicle safety systems after updating.Tesla

Musk tweeted that public beta version 10.3 was rolled back to 10.2. "Please note, this is to be expected with beta software," he said. Issues began popping up with Tesla owners on various forums and on social media. Drivers reported that cars shut off active safety features without their input and some noted that their forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking systems malfunctioned, causing the cars to apply the brakes without any apparent danger in the road ahead.

Tesla FSD A new beta was released this morning with fixes for the problems.Tesla

Early this morning, Musk tweeted again to note that beta version 10.3.1 is rolling out now, which would re-update users to the latest version with fixes. All of this illustrates how FSD is not final and has a way to go before it's ready for showtime. Developing software of any type is difficult work, made even harder by the fact that public roads are so unpredictable at times. So, while Tesla's public beta approach, which puts unproven functions into the hands of everyday drivers, may not be the most palatable for many of us on the roads at the same time, it's certainly netting the company plenty of data to work with.

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