Electric Corvette Turns On The Jets To Set Electric Car Record: Video
There are certain world records that have more weight to them than others. Chalk that up to a number of different factors, including importance, popularity, and difficulty. I honestly don’t know where this particular record ranks, but seeing a Genovation GXE all-electric Chevrolet Corvette set the top speed record for a street legal electric car definitely ranks right up there.
The new owner of this International Mile Racing Association (IMRA) record is Performance Power Racing’s very own Johnny Bohmer. With the car’s project manager and EV Drive co-founder Bob Simpson riding shotgun, Bohmer successfully shot the GXE all-electric ‘Vette to a top speed of 186.6 mph on the tarmac of the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The setting of the record-setting run is awesome enough in it of itself, but for Bohmer to do that with another person inside the car is the real impressive feat. That certainly opens up the possibilities of the GXE Corvette to have a higher top speed once only the driver on board.
That’s worth keeping tabs on, especially with the car’s builders saying that it would do more speed runs in the future. No dates or places were given, but I suspect that this is one record that can be easily eclipsed by the same car and the same driver given the right driving conditions.
As for the record-setting Corvette, let’s just say that it’s about as unique an aftermarket-tuned Corvette as you can find today. It’s powered by an electric motor that spits out over 700 horsepower and more than 600 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers allow it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds and apparently, reach top speeds above 186 mph. And as unique as this Corvette is, Genovation is actually open to building similar GXE models to anybody who can give them $330,000, or $290,000 together with a donor ‘Vette.