Watch the Genovation GXE Electric Corvette Hit a New Top Speed
It’s fastest than all production Corvettes except for the C7 ZR1!by Ciprian Florea, on
An all-electric Chevrolet Corvette might have seemed like an odd idea a decade ago, but it’s an acceptable thought in 2019. That’s because Chevy already announced plans to electrify the Corvette but, more importantly, it’s because some companies actually converted existing Corvettes to accept EV drivetrains. Genovation is one of the companies, and its modified C7 Corvette is capable of top speeds in excess of 200 mph. Specifically, the GXE just hit a top speed of 210 mph, a benchmark that many sports cars and even some supercars can only dream of.
The Genovation GXE exchanged the V-8 for electric motors and batteries
Genovation’s GXE is 2018-model-year Corvette Grand Sport inside and out, but the naturally aspirated V-8 was ditched in favor or a permanent magnet dual-stack electric motor. But don’t let that fool you, this Corvette is still worthy of the badge.
It packs more punch than any version of the C7-generation Corvette, as the electric motor cranks out an impressive 800 horsepower and 718 pound-feet of torque.
That’s 340 horsepower and 243 pound-feet more than the stock Corvette Grand Sport.
That’s also notably more than the C7 Corvette Z06, which features a supercharged V-8 engine rated at 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The GXE thus benefits from an extra 150 horsepower and 68 pound-feet of torque. But how does it compare to the C7 Corvette ZR1? Well, this supercharged beast comes close at 755 horses and 715 pound-feet, but the GXE still wins thanks to an additional 45 horsepower and three pound-feet of twist.
The good news is that the GXE retains the rear-wheel-driven layout of the standard Corvette.
Instead of having a dual-motor layout that translates into AWD drive, the GXE’s sole electric motor spins the rear wheels only. And it uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox to do so instead of a CVT or single- or dual-speed transmissions, like other EVs on the market.
The Genovation GXE sounds like a dream so far, but it obviously lacks the grumbling exhaust of a gasoline V-8 sports car. But the biggest issue is the extra weight that comes with the high-performance battery pack.
The GXE tips the scales at a whopping 4,400 pounds, around 1,000 pounds more than the regular C7 Corvette and some 800 pounds more than the C7 Corvette ZR1.
But this didn’t stop Genovation from driving the car up to an impressive top speed.
The Genovation GXE is faster than most production Corvettes
Modern electric cars are definitely faster than they used to be, but only a handful hit more than 130 mph. And while some performance models go beyond the 155-mph mark, EVs that charge to and beyond 200 mph are rare birds.
The GXE is one of those electric cars that will get you above 200 mph.
The video shown here reveals that Genovation’s electric-powered Corvette can hit a top speed of 210 mph, an impressive benchmark that regular production EVs can’t match.
The GXE is faster than all existing factory Corvettes except for the C7 ZR1.
Specifically, the GXE’s top speed is a whopping 23 mph higher than the regular C7 Corvette. It’s also 16 mph higher than the recently unveiled C8 Corvette Stingray. It even fairs better than the C7 Corvette Z06, rated at 205 mph. The C7 Corvette ZR1, which also comes close to the GXE in terms of power, hits a top speed of 215 mph, so it wins the battle by five mph.
Unfortunately, there are no 0 to 60 mph times to talk about. Genovation starts its top speed run from an unpaved, bumpy section, so it’s not the quickest start the GXE can have. The EV takes some five seconds to hit 60 mph, but this time isn’t relevant since we’re looking at a rather slow start that’s not part of this testing session. The car should need less than the three seconds to hit 60 mph, but I can’t draw a proper comparison to the gas-powered Corvettes until Genovation runs a proper test.