The Corvette-based Genovation GXE is coming to the LA Auto Show with insane power on hand.
One thing that electric cars going against them is just how strange some of them look. No grille? Bizarro world. No gas cap? Up is down, left is right, and the Cubs have won the World Series.
Wait, they did win the World Series? Well. Damn.
Some carmakers take a different approach to electric car making, trying to make them appear as much like ordinary cars as possible. Genovation Cars decided to use the C7 Corvette as the platform for their electric supercar for this very reason.
Of course, little of the original Corvette remains other than the body, head, and tail lights. Oh, and the badge of course.
Rather than a big Supercharged V8 engine, this Corvette has a pair of electric motors stacked one on top of the other. Combined they produce 800 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is expected to be 220 hp--a first for an electric vehicle.
Where the engine used to be is a big stack of batteries and a cooling system that keeps them from melting once the racing starts. The motors are a little further down next to the transmission, which comes in 7-speed manual or dual-clutch format.
Thanks to some clever placement of the components, this car achieves a near 50/50 weight distribution.
Genovation calls their creation the Genovation Extreme Electric, or GXE for short.
Along with some impressive specs comes some already impressive accomplishments. The GXE has claimed Guinnesses World Record the for fastest standing mile in an electric car (198.48 mph), and also was the first street-legal EV to hit 209 mph.
And best of all, it still looks generally like a Corvette. Save for the completely new interior, the new front splitter, rear wing, side skirts, and enormous rear diffuser.
Genovation plans to make 75 of these electric supercars with deliveries starting next year. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but you should expect it to be at least as pricey as the Corvette body it's wearing.