The Nio EP9 electric supercar has achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On October 12, 2016, the EP9 lapped the 20.8km “Green Hell” in 7 minutes and 5.12 seconds, beating the previous electric-car lap record and establishing itself as the fastest electric car in the world.
Additionally, on November 4 this year, it smashed the electric-car record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1 minute and 52.78 seconds, eclipsing the previous record of 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes,the EP9 delivers 1 megawatt of power, equivalent to 1360bhp. The car accelerates from 0 to 200km/h in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313km/h. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres.
The carbon cockpit and chassis embody a new approach to performance vehicle design to handle the physical demands of an electric car with 3g cornering capabilities, with added structural solidity and aero efficiency. The EP9 is capable of achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240km/h.
Nio is the sub-brand of electric car company NextEV, whose corporate mission is to help users rediscover the joyful lifestyle of car ownership by creating inspiring vehicles that deliver superior performance, a new benchmark for aesthetic design and unique user experiences.
NextEV founder and chairman, William Li, said: “We launched our electric supercar that broke the record at the Nordschliefe. The 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. And with that, our vision of a blue sky will come true.”
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