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This is the Chevrolet Mi-ray concept, a hybrid roadster developed by the GM Advanced Design Studio in Seoul to celebrate the name’s 100-year heritage as well as showcase future design possibilities for the brand.

The Mi-ray (Korean for ‘future’) draws its inspiration from jet fighters and also pays tribute to Chevrolet’s sports car heritage – it’s small and open like the 1963 Monza SS and light and purposeful like the 1962 Corvair Super Spyder.

The “mid-electric” propulsion system, located primarily behind and beneath the driver, features two front-mounted 15 kW electric motors powered by a 1.6 kWh lithium-ion battery that’s charged through regenerative braking energy; drive capability can be switched from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.

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There’s also a 1.5 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, mounted behind the cockpit, which combines with the electric motors and drives the rear wheels, great for those moments when you want to stomp on things. It’s mated to a dual-clutch transmission, and there’s a start-stop system in the mix too.

Carbon fibre and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic features heavily on the exterior, which features racer-style scissor doors for added dramatic flair. Features include LED headlamps with new signature daytime running lamps and front/rear fenders that pay homage to Corvettes of the past. The Mi-ray sits on aluminium-carbon fibre composite, turbine-styled 20-inch wheels in front and 21-inch wheels at the back.

Distinctive retractable flaps provide additional airflow control, while providing access to the charge port on one side and the fuel filler on the other; the charge port also features an external battery charge indicator. Each rear fender contains individual cargo space for the storage of small items.

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The twin cockpit interior contains a mix of brushed aluminium, natural leather, white fabric and liquid metal surfaces. Features include asymmetric seats that flow from the door and ambient lighting which starts from the upper instrument panel and flows into the seat back area. The headrest area follows the exterior form, integrating with an air scarf for open-air driving.

There’s a unique approach to displaying information, using back projection on the instrument panel. Information in front of the driver falls into three visual zones – directly in front is vehicle performance, flanked on the left by range and on the right by navigation and mileage figures, all to eliminate unnecessary visual clutter.

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The centrally located start button is also inspired by jet aircraft – when the button is pressed, the column-mounted retractable meter cluster rises like a jet fighter canopy, and “Interactive Projection” appears on the white surface.

Retractable rearview cameras, which replace traditional rearview mirrors, extend from the side glass electrically. In city driving, the forward-facing camera operates in conjunction with GPS to overlay navigation information with real-time video.