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Electric Corvette Breaks the e- Vehicle Land Speed Record

Electric vehicles are becoming faster, thanks to the innovation of technology, methods and materials of construction and improvement of the batteries themselves. The Genovation GXE all-electric Corvette displayed at the Battery Show 2015 has some impressive specs: 0-100kmph in 3 seconds and a top speed of over 321kmph. This is possible only due to a torque of 814Nm of torque and over 700 electric horsepower. The car has a range of 241km during normal driving operation with a near 50/50 weight distribution and is optimized for a low center of gravity. And now, it has lived up to that high-speed hype.

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The battery powered C6 Z06 Corvette smashed through the electric vehicle speed record with a top speed of 300.6kmph on the runway strop of the NASA Shuttle Landing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in Florida. This puts the GXE in the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA) record books under the mantle of “Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car” The Z06 was driven by multi-record holder Johnny Bohmer with Bob Simpson, the project manager and EVDrive co-founder riding shotgun.

According to Genovation CEO Andrew Saul, “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.”

Several contributors who have built other record breaking electric vehicles have helped in building the GXE effort. They include Stafl Systems, Rinehart Motion Systems, EVDrive, AMRacing, Current Ways, Johnny Bohmer and Tony’s Corvette Shop.

See Also: 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

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The Genovation GXE  electric Corvette is available for $330,000. It features a 6-speed manual gearbox, a 44kWh battery pack that can run the car for 241km on a full charge.

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Motorcyclist, Traveler, Aerospace Engineer and your friendly neighborhood Batman. Suhas has been meandering on two wheels since 2008. His love for automobiles, aeroplanes and his passion for travel has brought him here. He's a RC plane hobbyist currently building a Supermarine Spitfire and the Associate Editor at TheMotorLife

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