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.
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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.