Electric Nio EP9 laps the Nurburgring in jaw-dropping time
Chinese EV start-up Nio has stated that its new electric hypercar, the EP9, has lapped the Nurburgring in 6m45.9s.
That means the all-electric EP9 outpaces all around the demanding circuit, including the Lamborghini LP 640-4 Huracan Performante – which holds the current production record of 6m52.01s.
Setting such a blistering pace also means the EP9 is currently the quickest electric car around the circuit.
So it now holds the production record, right?
No – the EP9 isn't classed as a production car. Nio doesn't state the types of tyres used for the attempt, either, nor does it clarify whether the car tested was in a road-legal configuration.
Regardless, the company's achievement is no mean feat. Gerry Hughes, head of the performance program and Formula E team principal at Nio, said: "In October 2016 we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9.
"In the inclement weather that the Nordschleife is known for, the EP9 completed two laps of the 20.8 km (12.9m) ‘Green Hell’, one of which was in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record, making it the fastest electric car in the world. The EP9’s new lap record is 19.22 seconds faster than its previous lap time – which is a fabulous achievement for Nio."
How is the EP9 so quick?
It's extremely powerful, for starters. The EP9 features four electric motors, producing a total of 1342bhp, and is claimed capable of 0-62mph in 2.7sec.
More strikingly, 0-124mph is stated to take just 7.1sec – and the EP9 can hit 194mph. Reputedly excellent aerodynamics and handling capabilities further aid it in fending off its internal combustion-powered rivals at the Nurburgring.
It's not just a one-lap wonder, mind, according to figures from Nio. The company says the EP9 can cover 265 miles in optimal driving conditions, and be recharged from flat in just 45 minutes.
Nio states that it has so far built six EP9s for investors. A second batch of ten EP9s is in the works, which will be available to interested customers, but each one will be made to order and cost around £1.1m. Later down the line, with more cars being built and offered to the public, Nio may have a shot at the production Nurburgring record.
The company is also working on a seven-seat electric SUV for the Chinese market, as well as autonomous vehicles for the US market.