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Electric Corvette breaks land speed record once again

July 31, 2016, 09:04 AM IST by Santosh Nair
Electric Corvette breaks land speed record once again

US-based ‘Genovation’ has built an electric Corvette that has set a new electric land speed record by reaching 330kmph. This Corvette, called ‘Genovation GXE, did the record setting run at Nasa’s landing strip at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

While accomplishing this feat, they’ve beaten their own speed record of hitting 300kmph for a road-legal electric car that was set earlier this year. The main motive behind giving it another shot within such a short span was the fact that considerable improvements were made in the generation of battery power. 

The GXE is a heavily modified Z06 Corvette. A 44kWh battery has been installed to squeeze a range of 209km out of a single charge. This is in addition to making more than 600bhp and 772Nm of torque. Despite the product still being in testing stages, Genovation ambitiously plans to introduce the GXE to buyers in a few months. To put things in perspective, the software in the Tesla Model S inhibits it from going past the top speed of 249kmph, only to preserve the battery. Otherwise, the possibility of it reaching the same top speed as the GXE is high. 

Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation, commented on the achievement: “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. We have managed to create a car that is both exhilarating for drivers and gentle on the environment.”

 

 

 

Tags:Chevrolet Electric Corvette
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