A heresy that will probably amuse you: an electric Corvette has broken a world speed record

Some people may have nightmares just by imagining an all-electric Corvette. The fact is that it exists. And it has broken a world speed record for street legal electric cars. The Genovation GXE, as it is called, reached 205.6 mph, or 330,88 km/h at the Space Florida’s Shuttle Landing Facility in Kennedy Space Center, FL last July 28. Also known as yesterday.

The car was already the bearer of the world record when it claimed it in February 23, 2016, in the same location. At the time, it reached a top speed of 186.8 mph, or 300.63 km/h.

The GXE, an acronym that stands for Genovation eXtreme Electric, is based on a 2006 Zo6 C6 Corvette. Genovation reveals very little about it apart from its power and torque: more than 515 kW and 814 Nm, respectively. Its battery pack must be small, in order to save weight, since it has a range of only 209 km in normal driving.

There is only one production electric car that could beat the GXE: the Rimac Concept_S. It has a claimed top speed of 365 km/h, but Rimac still has to prove it. Meanwhile, a Corvette will follow as the fastest electric car in the world. As heretic as that may sound.

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.