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Watch this electric Corvette shatter a land speed record

It takes a hell of a car to hit 186.8 mph, but Genovation's GXE did exactly that, and without the backing of a billion-dollar automaker, no less.

Electric cars aren't just for Ed Begley, Jr., and picking up organic groceries. The sheer immediacy of torque delivery can make EVs awfully exciting to drive, and with that comes some potential record-breaking. Hyundai broke a world record with its electric Tucson Fuel Cell, and now, an electric Corvette just picked one up, as well.

The Corvette in question comes by way of a company called Genovation. The GXE takes the body of a standard 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and replaces its innards with an electric drivetrain good for at least 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. During its testing in Florida, it achieved 186.8 miles per hour, enough to earn the record for Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car with the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA).

Genovation says its prototype electric 'Vette has a range of 130 miles (not when it's being driven like this) and a 50/50 weight distribution, the latter of which is crucial in maintaining proper handling. A Finnish car set the previous record, at 177 mph.