With a world record for top speed for street legal electric cars already under their belt, builders of the Genovation GXE all-electric Corvette say they’ve just begun.
We told you about the Genovation a few months ago,when officials with the company promised some pretty impressive numbers, like 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and a 200 mph top speed thanks to the 700 electric horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
Now, it looks like it was a whole lot more than just talk.
Watch the record-setting speed run by the GXE on this video as multi-record holder Johnny Bohmer puts the electric ‘Vette through the paces on the tarmac of the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Feb. 23, 2016. Riding shotgun was project manager Bob Simpson.
Company officials said the Shuttle Landing Facility is one of the very few places in the world that has the capacity and infrastructure to keep speed record runs like this safe. The 3-mile-long and 300-foot-wide runway at the facility was the perfect location for the GXE to break the record, Genovation said in a press release.
On the first day of testing, the Genovation GXE (basically a battery-powered 2006 Z06) was able to hit a top speed of 186.8 mph to earn the title of “Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car” according to the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA) record keepers, crushing the old mark of 177 mph by a Finnish prototype car.
“We are thrilled that the result of our development testing led to the setting of this record,” said Genovation CEO Andrew Saul. “Based on our experience so far, we believe the car to be extremely robust as we set the record on our first day of testing. We fully expect the car to do a lot more.”
We can’t wait to see how much more Genovation is able to get out of the car.
By the way, if you’d like a Genovation GXE of your own, you can do so for just $330,000. If you happen to have a Z06 donor car already, that figure drops to $290,000.
Of course, look at it this way. You’re helping the environment and saving money on gas since the GXE has a range of 150 miles on a full charge. That gives you a lot of chances to try and set your own speed record.