The stock-looking Corvette shreds the air as it rips past at more than 200 mph, emitting the high-pitched shriek of a fighter jet flying overhead. And just like that, the Genovation GXE set the world speed record for electric cars at 205.6 mph. Just watch the video here:
It's hard to say which number is more stupendous: the e-car's freakishly fast top speed or the $750,000 price tag for the planned production version in the works.
The record-setting test mule employed a C6 Corvette ZR1 as its donor car, but the production model will be based on the C7 Corvette Grand Sport.
An up-close inspection of the car reveals not only impressive craftsmanship, but also a bit of showmanship, as the car's underhood electric components enjoy dramatic blue lighting to ensure viewers comprehend this Corvette's exotic propulsion source. It makes the flux capacitor in Doc Brown's DeLorean look like a Playskool toy by comparison.
The Genovation GXE is intended for race track driving, so its retains the Corvette's manual transmission, but the 660 horsepower, 600 lb.-ft electric drive system will let you just leave the car in third gear for street driving.
This awesome electric 'vette not only tops 200 mph, but at a more sedate pace it can go 130 miles on a charge, according to founder and CEO Andrew Saul. He's ready to accept $250,000 deposits to order one of the 75 GXE's that Genovation plans to build, so get those checkbooks out.