Generally, the 21 kilometer Nortburgring, mostly known by its “official” name Nordschleife, are used by pedigree car manufacturers to flex their muscles against rivals. So, the names of the models that manage to beat time records set on Nordschleife are basically those that all car-loving kids want to have.
And yet, there are notable exceptions to this rule. One of the biggest surprises in this regard comes from a Chinese electric car maker, virtually unknown in Europe so far. And we say “so far” because NextEV managed to beat one of the most desirable recordings on the Nurburgring: the fastest lap made by a series car.
With 6 minutes and 45.9 seconds the Nio EP9 electric hypercar exceeded by more than two seconds the previous absolute record held by Radical SR8LM (6:48). Earlier, at the end of 2016, NextEV’s model managed to beat the Nordschleife record for electric cars in the first go, stopping the watch at 7 minutes and 5 seconds.
It seems that the record of the legendary Nurburgring-Nordschleife has become an essential tool to sell a dynamic model and demonstrate its supremacy to competitors. The current absolute record of 6-minute and 52.01-second for street cars, which was recently reported by the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante was shot down by the Chinese from NIO!
The NIO EP9 electric car piloted by British racing driver Peter Dumbreck, managed to run a 20.8 km tour in 6 minutes and 45,900 seconds, making it faster than Huracan Performante by 6.11 seconds! The new record is 19.22 seconds faster than the previous record scored by the Chinese in October 2016!
Therefore, the NIO EP9 has become not only the fastest electric vehicle but also the fastest street car on the Nurburgring Nordschleife!
NIO worked intensively on the hyper-car and the results can be seen in hard figures. And it’s not an impossible record to believe, because the NIO EP9 electric hyper-car has all the attributes needed to make that record reality.
The NIO EP9 has four electric motors with 1,360 horsepower that deliver torque via vector distribution between the four wheels, managing to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.7 seconds, from 0 to 200 km / h in 7.1 seconds and from 0 to 300 km / h in only 15.9 seconds!
The maximum speed is 313 km / h, while the time it takes for a quarter of a mile (402 meters) is 10.1 seconds, with a top speed of 249 km / h. Moreover, the NIO EP9 can offer 2.35 G lateral acceleration in the curve at 230 km / h! Of less importance here is the range of the electric hypercar, which is 427 km.
Only 6 NIO EP9 copies were produced. Still, the Chinese are announcing a new batch of 10 copies, which will cost 1.48 million dollars each and will be customized by their owners.