For the last several years we’ve enjoyed watching the progress of the Genovation GXE, an all electric-powered sports car built from a C7 Corvette Grand Sport. Genovation’s team has been chasing 220 mph and that target got a little closer after the car recently broke the top speed record for electric cars again.
Genovation held another test of its EV sports car at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at the Kennedy Space Center this month and it was there that the GXE hit a top speed of 211.8 mph which surpassed its previous record of 210.2 mph a couple months ago. The top speed record was certified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA).
During the December test, we broke our previous speed record that was set in September of this same year. That earlier record run was hampered by strong crosswinds, so we were confident that under better weather conditions we could improve upon that result,” said Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation Cars, Inc. “We are thrilled to be the only electric car manufacturer to not only test our vehicle’s record-breaking capabilities, but to validate and achieve this milestone not once, not twice, but three times. Based on the early analysis of the data generated from the new record, we’re confident that we can gain efficiencies which will result in further top-end speeds.”
The GXE makes its power from its “internal permanent magnet dual-stack motor” that’s attached to the Corvette’s rear drive-shaft. Although not stated, the battery pack is believed to be around 60kWh which is large enough to provide “voltage and current to meet the 250kW of power” to the dual inverters. All in all, the electric ‘Vette produces 800+ horsepower and 718 lb-ft of torque.
The electric drivetrain and batteries add nearly 1,000 lbs of additional weight to the car over a stock C7 Corvette, yet the GXE is able to maintain a nearly 50/50 weight ratio. Unlike other EVs, the Genovation GXE elected to keep the Corvette’s transmissions which offer either a 7-speed manual or the 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The world record was set using the 8-speed automatic.
Genovation has promised to build up to 75 examples of its EV-Corvette at a price of $750,000 each. The first deliveries are expected to arrive in 2020.
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