Speed freaks can go electric too

A modified Corvette has smashed the 186.8 mph electric landspeed record, hitting 205.6 mph. Electric sports car designers and builders Genovation drastically re-engineered a Corvette ZO6 to run entirely on electricity […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A modified Corvette has smashed the 186.8 mph electric landspeed record, hitting 205.6 mph.

Electric sports car designers and builders Genovation drastically re-engineered a Corvette ZO6 to run entirely on electricity rather than petrol.

The Maryland company claim the car, called a GXE, is the world’s first road-legal EV to break the 200 mph barrier. According to CEO Andrew Saul it will drive for around 130 miles before needing a recharge – not a long time if it’s driving at 205 mph!

Petrolheads would be wise not to sniff at the EV’s specs, as it puts out around 600 lb/foot of torque and 500kW of energy, equivalent to 660 brake horsepower. The manufacturer says they fitted a six-speed manual gearbox to “make it a driver’s car” and said “you drive it just as you would the normal V8”.

The record it broke at the Kennedy Space Center was actually set by an earlier model of the same car.

If you’re getting tempted by one of these world record breaking cars, take a deep breath because it is estimated to cost roughly $330,000 (£254,500).