Genovation GXE All-Electric Chevrolet Corvette Achieves New Electric Land Speed Record

Jul 31, 2016 09:55 PM EDT
205.6mph -- write that down in the record books, as that is the new top speed for the electric land speed record as achieved by the new all-electric Chevrolet Corvette.
Kirby Garlitos

An all-electric car is something that many of us do dream of owning, especially when the facilities to keep it juiced up prim and proper are in place just about everywhere. Having said that, we do know that most of the muscle cars and exotic rides tend to run on fuel as opposed to electricity, but this should not stop companies from innovating continuously in such a direction. Chevrolet is proud that its all new electric Corvette has broken its previous electric land speed record by seeing the speedometer hit a whopping 205.6mph.

It makes plenty of sense that Genovation Cars are the ones behind the setting of the new record. After all, it was in February earlier this year that the company made a statement of intent that it will go ahead with additional speed runs in the future, although it remained mum on when and where those runs were to be held. Apparently, the Kennedy Space Center was the venue of choice -- which made plenty of sense, too, taking into consideration how it was where the previous record was set.

Also known as the EV Corvette Z06, Genovation Cars’ managed to arrive at such a higher performance level by dropping the original 7.0-liter V-8 engine found in the petrol-powered sports car, and replacing it with a 44 kWh battery as well as a couple of electric motors. As a result, fully pressing down the pedal with your right foot would see you unleash a whopping 600 ponies and 470 pound-feet of torque. This will translate to an additional 95 horsepower as opposed to the V-8’s output of 505 horses and 470 pound-feet of torque.

The production version of the C6 Corvette Z06 was able to achieve a top speed of 198 mph, hence it certainly dropped jaws when the electrified model squeezed passed the 200 mph barrier -- and then some, arriving at a supercar-like performance while breaking a record along the way with a mark of 205.6 mph.

If this has set your pulses racing to sign on the dotted line so that the Genovation GXE is yours, then you might want to keep a keen eye out on Genovation Cars and what they are up to. After all, the company has listed down its intention to carry out additional speed runs down the road, not to mention delivering the electric Corvette Z06 to the market in extremely limited quantities. One can only speculate that pre-orders for the ride will kick off some time in the coming months.

Of course, to have a ride that achieves such a mark is extremely impressive, but what matters more is, how many places in the world can you actually push the car to its potential? Most of the time, you would be driving around town or on the freeway with knowledge that such potential exists, but are never really able to show it. Perhaps having a petrol version of a supercar is more practical since you won’t have to drain out the battery too soon.

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