EP9 supercar once again breaks records on famous German race track
A new update from NIO suggests the company’s reputation as an EV supercar pioneer is assured.
May 12 saw NIO’s flagship EP9 set another new lap record at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife, managing the course in an unprecedented 6 minutes, 45.9 seconds. This not only makes it the fastest EV to complete the 12.9-mile circuit, but the fastest track record of any production or prototype car. (For comparison, the next-fastest model was the ICE-powered Pagani Zonda R, which completed the course in 6:47.50 in June 2010).
“This is a fabulous achievement for NIO and I am very proud of the team that has worked tirelessly to achieve this accolade,” said Gerry Hughes, NIO Head of Performance Program & FE Team Principal.
The record follows NIO’s October run, in which it set a time of 7 minutes 5.12 seconds. A 20-second improvement in just over 6 months is therefore a remarkable achievement, and presumably one which can only help to buoy interest in the 10 models of the US$1.48 million car that the company will produce.
“As a company, we were born to push limits. Setting and breaking records with our EP9 is for the sole purpose to show the world that we have the automotive and technical expertise to succeed in the global automotive market. Our vision is to be the best of the next generation of car companies by producing the smartest vehicles in world,” said Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NIO, U.S.
With roughly 1 megawatt of power output, the car offers the equivalent to 1342 bhp, has a top speed of 313kph (194 mph), and will accelerate from 0-200kph (0-124mph) in 7.1 seconds.
You can see a video of the full lap below:
There is a marked contrast between supercar records and the other side of the company’s production business. Last month during the Shanghai Auto Show NIO announced that it would begin producing a 7-seater all-electric SUV – the NIO ES8 – in China later this year, with deliveries to follow in 2018.
Battery sizes, capacities and range were not mentioned in its announcement, but NIO did claim that a “swappable battery will provide a charging experience that surpasses refuelling at gas stations.”
Nevertheless, if NIO can keep pushing boundaries in the consumer market as it has in the neck-snapping EV supercar sphere, it looks set to be a formidable corporate rival.