Electric car sets 329kph speed record

Chevrolet Corvette-based Genovation GXE sets new 205.6mph (328.96kph) record as fastest street-legal electric car after breaking its own 186.8mph (298.88kph) record.

By Jimi Beckwith, Autocar UK calendar 30 Jul 2016 Views icon3436 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
Electric car sets 329kph speed record

The fastest street-legal electric car in the world has broken its own world record by hitting a top speed of 205.6mph (328.96kph).

IMRA (International Mile Racing Association) certified the top speed of the Genovation GXE, which was set at the space shuttle landing facility in Florida. Genovation drafted in racing driver Johnny Bohmer to take the car to its maximum speed. The car’s previous record of 186.8mph (298.88kph) was set in the same location earlier this year.

The GXE is a Chevrolet Corvette-based electric vehicle with two electric motors and a combined output of 500kW – the equivalent of 700bhp – and around 600lb ft of torque. The car’s maker says the decision to fit it with a six-speed manual gearbox was to make it a driver’s car and “you drive it just as you would the normal V8”.

In Genovation’s introductory video to the GXE, Larry Rihehart, who founded the company responsible for the car’s electric powertrain, highlighted the difficulty of installing the drivetrain into the car and fitting it together, something that Steven Rogers, Genovation’s co-founder and CTO, also highlighted.

Although Tesla's Ludicrous mode enables the Model S to achieve a sub-3.0sec 0-100kph time, the Genovation trumps it on top speed because the Tesla is limited to 155mph/248kph. However, the Model S ultimately wins with its 270-mile/423 kilometres range. The GXE  will run out of charge after 130 miles/208 kilometres, according to founder and CEO of Genovation Andrew Saul.

Interestingly, the GXE’s predecessor was a converted Ford Focus that was intended for fleet operations and not made to break any performance records. Alongside this, Genovation has also created the GSL – an electric conversion of the first-generation Mercedes SL 

Watch Genovation break the world record below:


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