Genovation C6 Corvette Sets Electric Standing-Mile Record (w/video)

MAR 11 2017 BY C SMITH 11

The all-electric Z06 also set a standing-mile record of 190 mph.

The folks at Genovation have reached another electric milestone. The Maryland-based electric car manufacturer recently set a new top-speed record for street-legal electric cars with their black C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, reaching 209 miles power hour at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing facility. They also set a standing-mile record of 190.4 mph, eclipsing marks the company had previously set in 2016.

Officially called the Genovation GXE, the prototype has all the earmarks of a normal Corvette on the outside. Beneath the black skin, however, resides not one, but two electric motors that join forces to send over 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. The motors are positioned fore and aft to create 50/50 weight distribution – handling is very much a part of Genovation’s vision of electric performance, though right now the group is focused on outright speed. Power is generated from a 44 kwh battery that, under normal driving conditions, can power the GXE for 150 miles before needing a recharge.

Clipping 190 mph in a standing mile obviously isn’t normal driving, but it’s a feat no other electric company has matched in a street-legal car. Tesla’s P100D in Ludicrous Plus mode places it among the quickest accelerating cars in the world, but with its top speed limited to 155 mph, it falls far short of the GXE’s record. Dragtimes recently ratcheted a P100D to a dyno, and after some fiddling to get a clean run the car made 588 horsepower at the wheels, and an astonishing 920 pound-feet of torque.

Compared to the GXE, the Tesla makes fewer horsepower but gobs more torque, hence the P100D’s brutal acceleration. One can’t help but ask the question though: how fast would the Tesla go with the limiter removed?

If the team at Genovation keeps breaking their own records, there just might be an all-electric top-speed showdown sometime in the future. That holds especially true once the GXE goes into production, but with initial deliveries not planned until late 2019 at the earliest, there’s plenty of time for others to catch up.

In other words, if you’re still afraid electric cars will spell the end of performance, you seriously have nothing to worry about.

Source: Genovation

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What isn’t that Space Shuttle in a museum, or at least a hangar? Sad.

This reads like an early morning tweet. 🙂

Tesla’s “brutal acceleration” is not just due to motor torque. What matters is torque at the wheels. SparkEV makes more torque at the wheels (about 1300 ft-lb) than Tesla does at the motor (bit under 1000 ft-lb). Motor torque is largely meaningless.

If Genovation gears it down, it will have more torque where it matters: at the wheels. But even that may not get it quicker than P100DL due to traction.


The only reason torque at the motor matters is for top speed.

If you need proof, just look at the 500e vs Spark EV. The Spark has monster sounding torque ratings, but still gets spanked in 0-30, etc by the 500e.

The 500e has something like 10:1 gearing vs 3:1 in the Spark.

If the Spark can produce the power, it could have a crazy high top speed for the same rotation rate.

Even if SparkEV has 10:1 gear ratio like 500e, its 0-30 MPH time would be about the same as now. The reason is that SparkEV has 50-50 weight distribution while 500e has 60-40, making it far better traction. Both cars are about at the limits of “street tires” traction with their respective weight distribution as FWD.

But I think we agree that it’s a misconception that motor torque matters in acceleration with EV; what matters is torque at the wheels at particular speed, not the peak torque out of the motor.

Just to clarify, I wasn’t saying you’re silly Spark EV.

Providing motor torque values for EVs is silly.

Horsepower is king, torque is a false prophet.

Amen brother!


So if it does 190mph in the mile, I wonder what it would do in half that distance? Some of the new tuned BMW’s are doing 160-170mph in just half the distance. Point of reference, the tuner’s own new 650hp (when stock) ZO6 which is modified only does about 160mph with at least 700hp in a light body. Makes you understand how fast some of these German sedans can be with simple tuning and bolt ons.

I really, really want an electric Corvette C7 with a drop top, but not for how much they want. I’ll have to wait and dream I guess…