• Watch Nio EP9 Smash The Nurburgring Record: Video

The quickest production car in history is an EV!

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.


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Today, the NIO EP9 set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a lap time of 6m 45.900s (six minutes, 45.900 seconds).

“In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9. In the inclemental weather that the Nürburgring Nordschleife is known for, the EP9 completed two laps of the 20.8 km (12.9m) ‘Green Hell’, one of which was in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record, making it the fastest electric car in the world. The EP9’s new lap record is 19.22 seconds faster than its previous lap time. This is a fabulous achievement for NIO and I am very proud of the team that has worked tirelessly to achieve this accolade,” said Gerry Hughes, Head of Performance Program & FE Team Principal, NIO.

The EP9’s 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1360PS (1342 bhp) and the vehicle has a top speed of 313kph (194mph). The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph (0-124mph) in 7.1 seconds. Previously, the EP9 has broken or set new track records at four world-renowned racetracks.

Last month, NIO announced that it plans to produce a second batch of ten EP9s, and each one will be made to order. The NIO EP9 is priced at 1.48 million USD.

In March, NIO announced that they will have autonomous electric vehicles in the U.S. market in 2020. The company also unveiled “NIO EVE” – the embodiment of their vision for the future of autonomous cars.

Last month, NIO unveiled the NIO ES8, a full size 7-seater all electric SUV that it will launch for the China market later this year.

“As a company, we were born to push limits. Setting and breaking records with our EP9 is for the sole purpose to show the world that we have the automotive and technical expertise to succeed in the global automotive market. Our vision is to be the best of the next generation of car companies by producing the smartest vehicles in world,” said Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NIO, U.S.

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