A Corvette converted in an electric car set a new speed record at the NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Converted by Genovation, a Washington-based company, the Corvette dubbed GXE achieved a top speed of 186.8mph (300.62kmh) after one mile and broke the top speed world record in the category of street-legal all-electric cars certified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA).
The previous record was 177 mph, achieve a year ago in Texas by an electric Ford Mustang.
The GXE, based on a 2006 Z06 Corvette, includes a battery management system, inverters, batteries and electric motors that produce a total output of 700hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The car even has a range of 130 miles during normal driving.
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“We are thrilled that the result of our development testing led to the setting of this record,” said Genovation CEO Andrew Saul. “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 company says the model can reach 200 mph if it has enough space to go.
Genovation offers the Corvette-based GXE for $330,000 or the mod for $290,000 if you bring your own Corvette.