Enthusiasts and average drivers both agree that the Chevrolet Corvette is a performance-driven car that offers plenty of power under the hood and a luxurious, comfortable interior. Now, the Corvette may have something new to boast about. If you’ve never heard of an electric Corvette, we can’t blame you but that’s exactly what was flying down NASA’s landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center.
Johnny Bohmer was behind the wheel of the electric Corvette. The goal was to set the world record for the fastest, road legal, all-electric sports car. Built by Genovation, the electric Corvette’s world record already stood at 186.8 mph and was set back in February. That wasn’t enough for the developers though. They wanted to break 200 mph.
The car itself is based on a 2006 Corvette Z06 that packs dual liquid-cooled, electric motors that produce more than 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the original V8 engine put out around 505 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
The team behind the electric Corvette plans to sell the modified sports cars to enthusiasts. Buying the cars and replacing the powertrain won’t be cheap though. Expect it to sell for upwards of $330,000.