Electric Corvette Sets New Speed Record at Kennedy Space Center [VIDEO]

Corvette sets speed record

There’s a new king of the electric speedway. The Genovation GXE – a heavily modified Corvette – has been officially crowned the “Top Speed Street Legal All Electric Car” by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA).

Based on a 2006 Z06 Corvette, the Genovation GXE is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, a 44kWh battery pack, and is optimized for low center of gravity. The GXE can also go from 0-to-60MPH in three seconds. Thus, it didn’t take long for the electric Corvette to clock a record speed of 186.8MPH last month, when it hit the tarmac of the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

It only took the first day of testing for the Genovation GXE to shatter the previous record of 177MPH set by a Finnish prototype car and earn the title of fastest street-legal electric car in the world. This means that the GXE could potentially break its own record in the near future. Genovation CEO Andrew Saul suggests that’s exactly what will happen, saying “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.”

The Genovation GXE may not hold the title of World’s Fastest Electric Car for long. Other vendors such as Rimac are building their own electric supercars that are designed to reach speeds upwards of 220MPH.




Photo Credit: Genovation

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A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and TheSource.com. He has written for XXL magazine, Complex.com and BET.com, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.