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The Genovation GXE has beaten its own speed record.

While Tesla has been trying to beat the Porsche Taycan's Nurburgring lap record, another electric car has unexpectedly set a new top speed record. Back in 2016, the Corvette-based electric Genovation GXE set an impressive EV speed record after posting a top speed of 186.8 mph.

Since then, Genovation has made improvements to the car and beaten its own record multiple times. The last speed record set by Genovation was back in 2017 when the Corvette GXE recorded a top speed of 209 mph. Fast forward a couple of years later, and Genovation has beaten its own record yet again, albeit by just 1 mph.

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Genovation took the 2019 GXE to the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, to attempt a new speed record. Driven by Johnny Bohmer during straight-line aerodynamic testing, the electric Corvette reached 210.2 mph, setting a new record for the fastest street-legal all-electric supercar, which was witnessed and certified by the International Mile Racing Association. No doubt Elon Musk will be aiming to beat this with the Tesla Roadster.

"During testing, we broke our speed record that was set in 2016. This a testament to Genovation's continuous improvement philosophy that guides everything we do to enhance the capabilities of the GXE," said Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation Cars. "It's gratifying for the Genovation Team to see the results of the thousands of hours that were spent refining and testing the car to achieve this world record."

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Based on the Chevrolet C7 Corvette Grand Sport, the GXE is powered by two electric motors producing a combined output of 800 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission. Its low center of gravity and near 50/50 weight distribution also makes it a true driver's car. As for driving range, Genovation claims the GXE delivers a range of over 175 miles on a full battery charge.

The GXE is also equipped with a programmable active suspension, carbon ceramic Brembo brakes, and carbon fiber wheels supplied by Carbon Revolution. Inside, there's a 10.4-inch custom high definition center console touchscreen and a 10-speaker JBL stereo. Production of the GXE is limited to 75 units, each costing $750,000. Customer deliveries are expected to start in early 2020. It sounds like the GXE still hasn't reached its potential either, as Genovation teased "there's more record breaking to come."

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