The electric car experts at U.S. firm Genovation have reached another EV milestone. The Maryland-based electric car manufacturer recently set a new top speed record for street-legal electric cars with its black C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, reaching 209 miles power hour at the Kennedy Space Centre’s Shuttle Landing facility. They also set a standing-mile record of 190.4 mph, eclipsing marks the company had previously set in 2016.
Officially called the Genovation GXE, the prototype has all the earmarks of a normal Corvette on the outside. Beneath the black skin, however, resides not one, but two electric motors that join forces to send over 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The motors are located front and rear to create 50/50 weight distribution – handling is very much a part of Genovation’s vision of electric performance, though right now the group is focused on outright speed. Power is generated from a 44 kWh battery that, under normal driving conditions, can power the GXE for 150 miles before needing a recharge.
Clipping 190 mph in a standing mile obviously isn’t normal driving, but it’s a feat no other electric company has matched in a street-legal car. Tesla’s P100D in Ludicrous Plus mode places it among the quickest accelerating cars in the world, but with its top speed limited to 155 mph, it falls far short of the GXE's record. Dragtimes recently ratcheted a P100D to a dyno, and after some fiddling to get a clean run the car made 588 horsepower at the wheels, and an astonishing 920 lb-ft of torque.
Compared to the GXE, the Tesla makes fewer horsepower but gobs more torque, hence the P100D’s brutal acceleration. One can’t help but ask the question though: how fast would the Tesla go with the limiter removed?
If the team at Genovation keeps breaking their own records, there just might be an all-electric top-speed showdown sometime in the future. That holds especially true once the GXE goes into production, but with initial deliveries not planned until late 2019 at the earliest, there’s plenty of time for others to catch up.
In other words, if you’re still afraid electric cars will spell the end of performance, well, you have nothing to worry about.
Gallery: Genovation GXE Electric Corvette Record
Genovation Electric Car Sets Yet Another World Speed Record
ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Genovation Cars announced today that it has once again set a world record for fastest street-legal electric car. On February 16th, the Genovation GXE reached a top speed of 209.0 miles per hour at Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds located at Space Florida's Shuttle Landing Facility, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island Florida. The Genovation GXE is the only street-legal electric super car in the world to have certified speeds of more than 200 mph.
"There is talk and there are results. We have the results to prove that electric cars can push the boundaries of performance and speed," said Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation Cars, Inc. "We made the GXE the fastest, proven street legal electric super car in the world by using state of the art technology and performance."
The Genovation GXE has broken the world speed record for fastest street-legal electric super car three times in the past twelve months. Prior to this latest February test, the previous record was 205.6 mph. All records have been independently certified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA). "This is the edge of performance, and it is incredible to drive," said Saul. "With the GXE, we are just at the start of what's possible with electric vehicle performance."
The GXE is a highly modified Corvette that has been re-imagined by Genovation to be a performance driven all-electric vehicle. The GXE includes a state-of-the-art battery management system, inverters, batteries and electric motors that exceed 700-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Through improvements in development, the range has been extended to 150 miles during normal driving operation. The GXE is designed for superior handling, with a near 50/50 weight distribution and optimized for a low center of gravity. It is available with either a 7-speed manual transmission or a paddle shifting 8-speed automatic. The GXE is truly a performance vehicle that is meant to excite drivers with its speed, responsiveness and efficiency while being gentle on the environment.
"I have been driving the GXE since the first record was set, and I am amazed at the continuing improvement on all aspects of the car," said Johnny Bohmer, a world-record setting car driver for over 10 years. "The GXE is incredibly fast, with massive amounts of torque. A truly exhilarating thing to drive. The GXE is one of the finest, fastest, and most well-prepared cars I have ever driven."
Genovation is currently in the testing and development phase for its GXE and has begun accepting preorders for 75 production vehicles.