With its debut in 2018, the Genovation GXE has offered the first real look into what an electric Corvette could be like. After all, the electric sports car is, effectively, a C7 generation Corvette underneath, something Genovation hasn’t tired to hide. In fact, the GXE still wears various Corvette emblems inside and out.
With a high-performance sports car like Corvette as its basis, Genovation has indeed managed to deliver a high-performance electric sports car. First came the figures: the Genovation GXE electric Corvette is priced at $750,000 and boasts a claimed 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque thanks to five battery packs powering two electric motors, one for each rear wheel. Genovation claims this setup offers a 175 mile electric range and a 0-60 sprint in under three seconds on to a claimed top speed of 220 mph. That last figure deserves some more attention, as it’s rather interesting.
That’s because a top speed run conducted ahead of the debut of the Genovation GXE resulted in an official figure of 209 mph. Even so, Genovation set up another attempt at an official top speed run.
The run was attempted at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida – where the upcoming C8 Convertible will be revealed. At 15,000 feet long, the shuttle landing facility, yes, for actual space shuttles, is one of the longest runways in the world. So determined was the Genovation team that they actually started the run a few feet off the run way, on a concrete patch. After all, every foot counts.
Like for many electric cars with instantaneous torque, the run from a standstill to 100 mph was lighting-fast. In fact, unlike many EVs, the Genovation GXE actually uses a conventional transmission – the GM 8-speed automatic from the Corvette. Though the gearbox has been problematic for some owners, resulting in class action suits, the automatic gearbox does get the job done for high-speed acceleration. With the camera focused on the GPS datalogger and the speed getting into the triple digits, the GXE was still accelerating at an impressive rate over 200 mph. The test car reached the braking point marker at 210.2 mph, breaking the record for the fastest production electric vehicle!
It’s a seriously impressive feat, but the company claims that more records are set to be broken, so stay tuned, because, at this rate, Genovation GXE Corvette just needs a longer runway.