Genovation GXE breaks own world record for fastest street legal electric car

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The Genovation GXE is based on a Corvette Z06

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Think fast electric cars, and Tesla is usually the first brand that springs to mind. Even though the Model S can be fitted with Ludicrous Mode, and even though it accelerates like a McLaren F1, it's not the fastest street legal EV in the world. That honor is reserved for the Genovation GXE, a reimagined Corvette Z06 that has now set a new land speed world record of 205.6 mph.

The Genovation Extreme Electric car looks like a 2006 Corvette Z06 on the outside, but underneath it's a much more sophisticated beast. Gone is the V8, and in its place are electric motors pumping out a combined 600 hp (447 kW) of power and 570 lb-ft (773 Nm) of torque.

Elon Musk is unlikely to lose any sleep over the GXE's 130-mile (209-km) claimed range, but we'd imagine its near-50/50 weight distribution and low center of gravity would allow it to show the Model S a clean set of heels in the twisties.

Genovation set the new electric land speed record at Space Florida's Shuttle Landing Facility, with the 205.6 mph (331 km/h) run comfortably outdoing the 186.8 mph (301 km/h) it managed in February this year.

"We are thrilled that after setting a record earlier this year, we were able to further enhance the GXE's performance and break our own record," says Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation. "We have managed to create a car that is both exhilarating for drivers and gentle on the environment."

Anyone keen to get their hands on a GXE will have to wait. Although it's breaking "street legal" records, it's not actually out there on public roads just yet, with Genovation currently in the testing and development phase. However, order books are expected to open later this year.

A video of the GXE's record run can be viewed below.

Source: Genovation

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