Watch Nio EP9 Smash The Nurburgring Record: Video
The quickest production car in history is an EV!by Ciprian Florea, on
High-performance electric cars may have seemed impossible two decades ago, but the technology has evolved so dramatically that some EVs are actually quicker than conventional vehicles. And, while the Tesla Model S is kicking some serious supercar butt from 0 to 60 mph, NextEV’s Nio EP9 has just set a new lap recordat the Nurburgring. I know it’s yesterday’s news, but the company has finally released the official video.
In case you’ve been living under a rock recently, the Nio EP9 first lapped the ’Ring in 2016, when it crossed the finish line in 7:05.12 minute. It’s definitely a solid performance for an EV, but the Chinese firm didn’t stop there and returned in 2017 with a blistering 6:45.90-minute lap. Not only 20 ticks quicker than the previous benchmark, but also a new record for the German track. And, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, the Nio EP9 just shattered the 6:48-minute record that the Radical SR8LM was holding since 2009!
It’s also worth mentioning that the EV is six seconds quicker than the Lamborghini Huracan Performance and 11 seconds quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder. Do you still want V-8, V-10, or V-12 gasoline engines under the hood of your supercar?
Needless to say, this is a massive achievement for the automotive industry, but especially for the EV market, which proves that electric motors are the future on the race track too. And the fact that the Nio EP9 is built by a relatively new company makes it that much more spectacular.