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350km/h+ electric Corvette GXE revealed

By Chris Thompson, 10 Jan 2018 News

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Genovation Cars has turned a new Corvette into a road-legal electric supercar

What is about as fast as a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, looks similar to a Corvette ZR1, but sounds absolutely nothing like a Corvette ZR1?

That’ll be the Genovation GXE.

It’s a current Corvette-based road-legal supercar with a difference – it’s electric.

It has two motors driving the rear wheels, which gives it power equal to 597kW and 949Nm of torque.

Compare this to the 563kW and 969Nm of the C7 Corvette ZR1, and you can see why the GXE is capable of a sub-3-second sprint to 100km/h.

In addition, Genovation says the GXE should be able to top out at 220mph (354km/h).

Oh, and it has a manual gearbox.

The GXE comes with either an eight-speed paddle shift, or a seven-speed manual ‘box, which Genovation says helps it hit that high top speed.

Genovation founder and CEO Andrew Saul said during the car’s reveal that it also boasts a 50/50 weight distribution, programmable suspension, carbon fibre wheels, carbon ceramic Brembos, and an Alcantara interior.

The GXE’s drivetrain, however, is probably best explained by Genovation:

“The process began with an acknowledgement that no single motor could provide the torque, power and RPM we needed.

“Several twin motor approaches were analysed with the best choice being two motors on a single shaft; a dual-stack.

“Next step was to find a pair of commercially available inverters that could power the dual-stack to maximum torque at an RPM the Corvette’s transmission components could handle.

“Finally, we designed a battery pack capable of providing voltage and current to meet the 250kW of power to each inverter simultaneously.”

Genovation has announced it will take reservations for its first limited run of the GXE.

“Genovation is currently taking pre-orders for the initial production run of GXEs. In order to maintain exclusivity, we are limiting production to just 75 GXEs.”