Electric versions of existing sports cars aren’t exactly hot sellers at the top of the market right now, what with the death of the $1 million Audi R8 E-Tron. But someone out there wants to sell you an electric, 200 mph Corvette for close to that price. Maybe it’s no surprise, GM isn’t the one.
While GM has been busy working on getting an electric econobox to market, a custom shop in Maryland called Genovation stuffed a last-generation Corvette Z06 with a 44kWh battery pack and ran it to 205 mph at the three-mile NASA runway where that Ford GT set a street car record a few years ago.
It made a claimed 660 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Did it have a manual transmission? Hell yes! It would be awesome if you could buy that as a street car.
And indeed now Genovation says they want to sell you an street version of that thing, with its same battery pack crammed into a current C7 Grand Sport. Clearly, this car does not yet exist. All we have of it is the previous C6-based record holder and a pair of C7 renders.
If the car does come to be, it will not be a cheap or quick acquisition, as Electrek notes:
The company is going for exclusivity with only a limited quantity of 75 vehicles and they promised that each vehcile will be unique because they will involve the customers in the individual design and finishing process.
If you want one though, you need to have a lot of trust in the startup since they require to submit a deposit of $250,000 and they don’t expect to ship the vehicle until Q4 of 2019 after a 2-year design period and 1 year build time.
Total price should be a totally-not-picked-out-of-a-hat $750,000. I wonder how much GM could get that down to if they were interested in selling something like this.