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Published on May 17th, 2017 | by James Ayre

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Nio (NextEV) EP9 EV Supercar Bests Earlier Record At Nürburgring, New Record = 6 Minutes & 45.9 Seconds

May 17th, 2017 by  


The Nio (NextEV) EP9 all-electric supercar has set another new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track, according to recent reports.

The new record lap time (for an electric vehicle) of just 6 minutes and 45.9 seconds bests the record set last year (7 minutes + 5.12 seconds) by a fair margin, and shows that there’s still some more performance to be squeezed out of the EP9 before its limits have been clearly established.

That said, the new record-breaking lap used up a lot of the car’s battery capacity, so the disadvantage of charging time (for electric vehicles) vs. refueling time (for internal combustion engine vehicles) is of course still a reality in situations such as this.

It should also be noted here, though, that the new record actually established the Nio EP9 as the record holder for “fastest road-legal production car” as well, electric or otherwise — as far as performance at the Nürburgring track goes, that is. The previous record-holder on that count was the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, which did a 6 minutes + 52.01 seconds lap time earlier this year.

Autoblog provides more: “The Nio EP9 is no regular consumer car, though. Production is very limited, with only 6 cars made so far, with a second run to be priced at $1.48 million apiece. The car provides a megawatt of power (1,342 horsepower), with a top speed of 194 miles per hour, and can sprint from 0–124 mph in just 7.1 seconds. Nio claims it can pull three Gs in a corner, and that it achieves 24,000 Newtons (5,395 pounds) of downforce at 149 mph.

“The Nio EP9 doesn’t need a driver to go fast, either. Back in February, the car clocked an autonomous lap of 2 minutes, 40.33 seconds at the Circuit of the Americas, with a top speed of 160 mph. A driver was in the car for that run, but Nio says the EP9 completed the lap ‘Without any intervention.'”

Self-driving features probably aren’t the reason that someone would drop more than a million dollars on a car that can provide the equivalent of 1,342 horsepower, but it’s still interesting that the company’s tech is apparently coming along well.

 
 





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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.



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