Maryland-based Genovation already set the top speed world record for a road-legal all-electric car earlier this year when it hit 186.8 mph, but after improving their battery-powered Corvette, the company decided to give it another go.
The modified Corvette, called Genovation GXE, did it again by reaching the record-breaking speed of 205.6 mph at Nasa’s landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
In comparison, the Tesla Model S’ top speed is 155 mph, but it is software-limited in order not to damage the battery pack. If it wasn’t software-limited, the vehicle could potentially achieve a similar top speed as Genovation’s record.
Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation, commented on the achievement:
“We are thrilled that after setting a record earlier this year, we were able to further enhance the GXE’s performance and break our own record. We have managed to create a car that is both exhilarating for drivers and gentle on the environment.”
The Genovation GXE is a re-engineered Z06 Corvette in which the company fitted a 44kWh battery pack allowing for a range of about 130 miles on a single charge. They claim that the powertrain produces “in excess of 600-hp and 570 lb-ft of torque”.
The company is still in the testing and development phase, but it plans to bring the GXE to market in limited production. It will start taking pre-orders later this quarter.