NextEV has finally revealed its all-electric supercar, which has been dubbed the NIO EP9, and it was definitely worth the wait. As previously stated by former co-president Martin Leach, the electric vehicle does indeed possess a megawatt (MW) of power (1360 horsepower) and is capable of some serious performance.
With its 4 electric motors and 4 gearboxes, the NIO EP9 can do 0–60 mph in 2.7 seconds; 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.1 seconds; and can hit a top speed of 200 mph (313 km/h). At 240 km/h the NIO EP9 reportedly produces 24,000 Newtons of downforce.
As far as a performance, the NIO EP9 can apparently do a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap in just 7,05.12 — a fair bit faster than the 7,22.329 that a Toyota TMG EV P002 managed a few years ago.
A hard secret to keep but it's here! The NIO EP9.Fastest electric car in the world. Well done @NextEV #blueskycoming pic.twitter.com/a7ZUABP0U0
— Nicki Shields (@Nickishields) November 21, 2016
Other performance examples include a reported 1,52.78 lap around the Paul Ricard circuit (France) — a big gain over the earlier electric vehicle record on the track of nearly 3 minutes.
As far as more mundane facts, the model features a battery pack allowing for 265 miles (~427 kilometers) of range per charge. These battery packs are, as you would expect, easily swappable, and most of those intending to race will presumably own multiple ones.
A final note: the company has apparently designed the sensory and control systems in such a way that they could eventually be self-driving capable. It’s not completely clear what that means, but presumably once self-driving technologies gain regulatory approval, then the company will pursue such a feature. An autonomous racing car, huh?
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