Electric Corvette sets new land speed record

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Genovation Extreme Electric car (GXE) based on the C6 Chevrolet Corvette

Genovation, a startup based in Rockville, Maryland, has earned a new land speed record using a C6 Chevrolet Corvette converted to run on electric motors.

The car is the same one that hit 186.8 mph at Florida’s Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds on February 23, 2016.

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Genovation returned to the site this week for further testing of its electric Corvette and managed to hit 205.6 mph. This represents the new land speed record for a street-legal electric car.

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Genovation’s Corvette is officially known as the Genovation Extreme Electric, or GXE for short. It’s based on a donor Corvette Z06 and is said to produce in excess of 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.

When not pushed to the limit, Genovation says its electric Corvette offers a range of approximately 130 miles on a single charge. It also benefits from a near 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution and low center of gravity.

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Genovation has talked about offering electric conversions for the Corvette in the past, but the company’s long-term goal is to launch its own electric sports car dubbed the G2. This is an Audi TT-like sports car that Genovation hopes to offer in electric and plug-in hybrid guises. The electric version is designed around a 38-kilowatt-hour battery while the plug-in hybrid version combines a 3-cylinder engine with an electric motor powered by a 22-kwh battery. There’s no word on when the G2 will be available for sale.