Genovation Corvette GXE gets electric mini-doc of top-speed record

Genovation sets street-legal EV top-speed level on its first day of testing.

Genovation Cars founder and CEO Andrew Saul kindly notes that the car can go up to 120 miles on a single charge "when you're driving it normally." This tidbit comes at the start of a three-plus-minute video about his company and its super-fast, converted electric Corvette GXE. After that, we're treated to footage of the beast topping out at almost 190 miles per hour. We're guessing this isn't driving normally.

The video provides some insight behind Genovation's recent and successful efforts to get its car to earn the title of "Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car." Saul said he was shooting for providing a driving experience "without compromises." That was indeed pulled off after driver Johnny Bohmer took the car out on the three-mile runway at the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and hit 186.8 miles per hour. The folks didn't waste any time, either, setting the record during the first day of testing.

The GXE has a 0-60 mph time of about three seconds.

The car, which was first unveiled at last September's Battery Show 2015 in Novi, Michigan, combines 700 horsepower with 600 pound-feet of torque, giving it a 0-60 mph time of about three seconds. So, when the video showed the car more or less racing a helicopter, well, it didn't look all that strange. In fact, the folks at Genovation have thrown around a 200-miles-per-hour figure when discussing the car's potential top speed.

Genovation is selling its GXE for either $330,000 if you walk in empty-handed, or $290,000 if you show up with your own Corvette. Saul said last year that he expected to sell maybe five or 10 of the vehicles per year, making less than 200 units overall. He also said the car, which has a 44-kWh battery pack, was designed to complete two fast laps at Nurburgring. But who needs laps when you have runways to play on?

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