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An all-electric car based on a C6 Corvette Z06 is apparently just around the corner.
But based on the gee-whiz performance figures being promised by the manufacturer, Genovation Cars, it won’t stay around the corner for very long.
Apparently, this isn’t your 4-year-old’s electric Corvette.
Genovation CEO Andrew Saul says the car will go from 0 to 60 in around three seconds and have a top speed of more than 200 mph – better than the C7 Z06 is capable of.
Saul expects the car – known as the Genovation Extreme Electric or GXE – will be finished by the end of this month, with three weeks of testing to follow. He says the company will then try to set lap records for a street legal electric car at various raceways. They’ll also try to break the current speed record of 177 mph set by a Finnish prototype car last summer.
Based on the figures Saul is tossing about, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Electric Vette meet those goals.
“We are using state of the art inverters, batteries and electric motors that will produce in excess of 700-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque,” Saul said.
Not only will the car be fast, it’ll also be economical like the current Corvette – capable of going 150 miles between charges with normal use – and will have a near 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity.
The GXE will also have all the modern conveniences of the regular gasoline-powered Z06, such as power steering and brakes, air conditioning and heating.
The world will get a sneak peek at the car in Michigan in September, where Genovation plans to show off its creation at the Electric Vehicle Technology Expo, a key trade show.
Founded in 2007 by Saul, Genovation says it is seeking to give customers “safe, sustainable automobiles that do not compromise their driving independence” thanks to “cutting edge green technology with very lightweight and aerodynamic frames and bodies.”
Sounds like a perfect match for the GM version of the Corvette Z06.