The new all-electric hypercar from the Chinese car manufacturer behind the NextEV Formula E team – the NIO EP9 – has set a new EV lap record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
The NIO EP9 lapped the Nordschleife in 7m05.12s. The car boasts a megawatt of power – the equivalent of 1,341bhp – and a 265-mile range.
The EP9 features four electric motors, and each one has its own gearbox. The result of this setup is the ability reach 62mph from a standing start in 2.7 seconds, and hit 124mph in 7.1 seconds. It tops out at 195mph.
Driven by former Mercedes DTM star and Porsche VLN regular Peter Dumbreck, its 7m05.12s set in October eclipses the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition’s 7m14, Dodge Viper ACR’s 7m12.13, and Nissan GT-R Nismo’s 7m08.69.
This month, the car also set a new EV lap record at Paul Ricard in France, its 1m52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m40s.
NextEV Founder and Chairman, William Li, said: “The NIO EP9 was born to push limits and is the first stage of automotive production for NIO. It is a statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities.
“It is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles. We believe that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone, leading to a more sustainable tomorrow.”
NextEV isn’t yet announcing when EP9 deliveries begin or saying how much the hypercar costs.
However, earlier speculation put the price at $1 million or more, which seems likely for a model with this level of performance.
Additional reporting by Chris Bruce, Motor1.com