Genovation Corvette Sets 186.8 mph (300 km/h) Speed Record For Street Legal Electric Car

2 years ago by Mark Kane 4

Genovation eXtreme Electric (GXE)

Genovation eXtreme Electric (GXE)

GXE Breaks Speed Record

GXE Breaks Speed Record

Last month, Genovation set new speed record in the “Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car” at 186.8 mph or 300 km/h using a converted Z06 Corvette called Genovation eXtreme Electric or GXE.

The previous world record was set by Finnish Electric RaceAbout at 177 mph.

According to the press release, the GXE’s power exceeds 700 hp – which would be around 500 kW. Range is rated at 130 miles, but no battery capacity/kWh numbers were released to vet that claim.

“The vehicle was being tested at The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds, at Space Florida’s Shuttle Landing Facility, conducting research to improve vehicle performance. During the course of testing, the car broke the record for the Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car category with a speed of 186.8 mph on the date of February 23, 2016.

The record was certified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA).

The GXE, based on a 2006 Z06 Corvette, includes a state-of-the-art battery management system, inverters, batteries and electric motors that produce in excess of 700-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Most GXE parts were designed and built in America.”

“Several contributors to the GXE effort have helped design and build other record-breaking electric vehicles. Major contributors include: Stafl Systems, Rinehart Motion Systems, EVDrive, AMRacing, Current Ways, Johnny Bohmer and Tony’s Corvette Shop.

The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds, at Space Florida’s Shuttle Landing Facility, is one of the very few places in the world that has the capacity and infrastructure to make speed record runs like this safe. The 3-mile-long and 300-foot-wide runway at the facility was the perfect location for the GXE to break the record.

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.”

Genovation CEO Andrew Saul said:

“We are thrilled that the result of our development testing led to the setting of this record. Based on our experience so far, we believe the car to be extremely robust as we set the record on our first day of testing. We fully expect the car to do a lot more.”

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4 responses to "Genovation Corvette Sets 186.8 mph (300 km/h) Speed Record For Street Legal Electric Car"

  1. SparkEV says:

    LOL. Talk about buried story!

    How do I send tips to you guys? I posted a link to an article to this event in comments section many weeks ago, thought you’d never cover it.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      It’s been a busy week or two…sometimes if a story is of interest, but not burning the house down to get out in a timely fashion it can get ‘bumped’ a few times.

      The “About” tab has a link to reach us…we used to have a “Contact” tab too (which would make more obvious sense if you are looking to email us), but we ran out of real estate to display it, so it got the axe, lol

  2. jerryd says:

    This is a narrow record few have tried as just made up catagory and there are other faster road EV’s.
    Try NEDRA EV racing for others that do that speed in the 1/4 mile.

  3. manbitesgas says:

    That’s one way to improve a GM product… ;o)