Electric Corvette breaks one-mile top speed record: Video

Electric cars are increasingly becoming synonymous with performance, a point best illustrated by Genovation Cars’ new record-setting Corvette-based Genovation eXtreme Electric. 

At a test conducted, fittingly, at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the GXE accelerated (rather quietly, we might add) to a top speed 186.8 mph after one mile. Given a little more space, Genovation says the car will top 200 mph. 

Certified by the International Mile Racing Association, the run bests a 177 mph sprint achieved last year in Texas by an electrified 1968 Ford Mustang. The GXE was piloted by Johnny Bohmer, who set a record for gas-powered road-going cars a few years back when he pushed a modified Ford GT to 283 mph. 

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Genovation says that those so inclined can purchase their own Corvette-based GXE for $ 330,000, or $ 290,000 if they supply their own Corvette. The ‘Vette used in the record-setting sprint was based on a 2006 Z06, minus, of course, its big, factory-supplied supercharged V-8 engine.

In its place is an electric motor that produces 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, according to Genovation. With a 130-mile range in more sedate driving, the GXE is a Tesla-fighting supercar in its own right. 

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