The Chevy Corvette is the quintessential muscle car that’s been around for over five decades. With its naturally aspirated V8, rear wheel drive, and good old three-pedal manual transmission, it represents everything that most people love about American sports cars. Which is why I was so shocked to learn that a company based out of Maryland was building electric conversion kits specifically for the Corvette. And apparently, this electric ‘Vette is the real deal because it just beat the standing mile record for an electric car.
The company is called Genovation and while that name may not be familiar to most moto enthusiasts, they’ve been around for quite some time. Just last year they used one of their C6 creations, dubbed “GXE,” to set an Electric Car World Speed Record with a top speed of 205.6mph. And the record they beat was their own that was set in an electrified C6 Corvette prior to that. Needless to say, these guys have figured out a thing or two when it comes harnessing electricity and laying that power to the ground.
Genovation also set the record for the standing mile back in July of 2016 with a top speed of 189.5mph, but at the time they felt the car was capable of more. They proved it too when they took the GXE out to a closed airstrip and beat their own record, yet again. It wasn’t by a huge margin, but with a new top speed of 190.4mph, it was a new record nonetheless.
The GXE managed to reach these record speeds thanks to a 44kWh battery and two electric motors that are estimated to produce around 660hp. And because it’s electric, the GXE has a flat torque curve of 600lb-ft, which basically means there is constantly 600lb-ft of torque on hand no matter where you are in the RPM range. Which is interesting because this murdered out Corvette ran from a dead stop to 190mph without so much as a chirp from the tires. Although you would expect it to be nearly silent, it actually sounds like a jet engine as it passes.
As amazing as this all sounds, I wouldn’t expect to see many of these on the roads just yet. The new conversion for the C7 Corvette has an estimated cost around $750,000 and a range of just 130 miles, so it isn’t the most practical of cars. Looks like Tesla still reigns supreme in the mass produced electric car market. Watch the record run yourself, and notice how the driver actually shifts through the gears along the way.