When we initially viewed the Genovation GXE all-electric Corvette on its stand at the Battery Show 2015, we were offered some excellent specifications– a three-second 0-to-60 run and a 200-mile-per-hour top speed– all made possible by over 700 electrical horses spittin’ out more than 600 pound-feet of torque. Turns out, it may just live up to that high-speed buzz.
With Bob Simpson– project supervisor (and EVDrive co-founder)– riding shotgun and multi-record holder Johnny Bohmer having the wheel and using a heavy right foot, the battery-powered C6 Z06 struck 186.8 mph on the tarmac of the NASA Shuttle Landing Center at the Kennedy Area Center located Cape Canaveral, Florida. That run places the GXE in the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA) add books under the heading of “Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car.”
The record was set on the automobile’s first day of screening. Its builders have confidence it benefits much more. Though they haven’t said if, or where, further speed runs would occur, we cannot assist but think an one-on-one match up would be interesting, state, against a specific Zombie 222. Likewise fast– it reached 177.8 miles per hour from a dead stop at the Texas Mile– it would produce a classic confrontation. Genovation versus Blood Shed Motors; vintage pony car versus contemporary sportscar; DC drivetrain versus Air Conditioning, the possibilities are unlimited.
Genovation provides its GXE for $330,000 (or $290,000, if your supply the Vette donor). It includes a 6-speed manual transmission, a 44kWh battery pack and is considered to be great for 150 miles on a complete charge.