US custom-EV designer Genovation smashes all-electric landspeed record with modified Corvette
While EVs take flak for their perceived lack of range, the best can’t be touched in their ability to provide torque. In the case of the Genovation Extreme Electric car (GXE), that’s around 600 lb/feet of torque.
Genovation is a Maryland-based automaker which designs and builds custom “high-performance” EVs. The GXE is the company’s latest creation, a Corvette Z06 re-engineered to become – the company claims – the world’s first street-legal EV to break 200 mph.
To prove its point, the GXE recently smashed the world record for all-electric speed with the help of Johnny Bohmer Racing, reaching a top speed of 205.6 mph at Space Florida’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the US’ Kennedy Space Center. It beats the previous record of 186.8 mph– set by an earlier GXE prototype in March this year – and was verified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA).
You can see a video of the event below:
Achieving this has been no mean feat. According to the company, various iterations of motor arrangements were trialled; the final GXE uses a dual-stack motor, high-spec inverters and a customised battery pack which can provide 250kW of power to each inverter simultaneously. That allows the GXE can deliver peak motor output of 660 HP.
“The car has a range of 130 miles during normal driving operation with a near 50/50 weight distribution and is optimized for a low center of gravity,” the company added.
As you can see in the video, its creators are pleased with the results. “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,” Genovation CEO Andrew Saul said in a statement. “We have managed to create a car that is both exhilarating for drivers and gentle on the environment.”
The company is currently in the testing and development phase for the GXE and is planning to start accepting preorders for limited edition vehicles in during autumn 2016.
We imagine they may disappear fast…