On February 23rd, the GXE raced down the runway at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility, notching a top speed run with racer Johnny Bohmer at the wheel, the man behind the 300 mph Ford GT. Take a look at the highlight reel from that record-setting pass, below.
The record-setting run was officiated by the International Mile Racing Association, which confirmed the Corvette’s top speed over a previous record run of 177 mph. Genovation says the record was achieved on the first day of testing the Corvette GXE, and hopes to extract even more speed from the EV still.
You weren’t mistaken if you spotted some rather slick shift work too. That’s because the Corvette retains its six-speed manual gearbox in order to get the optimum performance out of its electric motor.
According to Autoblog, Genovation can build you an EV Corvette to these same specifications—noted to get around 130 miles of range in normal driving conditions—however its price is a rather large one. $330,000.