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2019 Nio EP9

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2019 Nio EP9
The world’s fastest electric car!

One heaping slab of EV speed

Founded in 2014 in Shanghai, China, Nio has quickly grown to become a major industry player, establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of electric vehicles and self-driving technology. Boasting over 2,000 employees spread out over 13 locations globally, Nio is known for creations like Eve, a forward-thinking autonomous concept, and the ES8, a seven-passenger high-performance all-electric SUV, as well as its involvement in the Formula E championship with powertrain support for the Nio 003 race car. However, the start-up is best known for this – the EP9, a high-performance all-electric speed machine aimed squarely at all things quick and internal combustion-propelled. Inspired by the FIA’s Le Mans Prototype regulations, the Nio EP9 is street legal, but has made a name for itself setting some very impressive records on the track, including a sprint around the Nurburgring’s north loop in just 6 minutes, 45 seconds, a run around the Circuit Paul Ricard in 1 minute 52.78 seconds, and a lap of the Circuit of the Americas in 2 minutes 1.11 seconds. Granted, these records were done on track-only slick tires, but it’s impressive stuff all the same.

So then – what makes this thing tick? Is it just an overblown blender, or is there more to it? Read on for the details.

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2019 Nio EP9

2019 Nio EP9

One heaping slab of EV speed

Founded in 2014 in Shanghai, China, Nio has quickly grown to become a major industry player, establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of electric vehicles and self-driving technology. Boasting over 2,000 employees spread out over 13 locations globally, Nio is known for creations like Eve, a forward-thinking autonomous concept, and the ES8, a seven-passenger high-performance all-electric SUV, as well as its involvement in the Formula E championship with powertrain support for the Nio 003 race car. However, the start-up is best known for this – the EP9, a high-performance all-electric speed machine aimed squarely at all things quick and internal combustion-propelled. Inspired by the FIA’s Le Mans Prototype regulations, the Nio EP9 is street legal, but has made a name for itself setting some very impressive records on the track, including a sprint around the Nurburgring’s north loop in just 6 minutes, 45 seconds, a run around the Circuit Paul Ricard in 1 minute 52.78 seconds, and a lap of the Circuit of the Americas in 2 minutes 1.11 seconds. Granted, these records were done on track-only slick tires, but it’s impressive stuff all the same.

So then – what makes this thing tick? Is it just an overblown blender, or is there more to it? Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the NextEV Nio EP9.

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I love rear-engined cars though...

Boy this was a boring week. Not a single automotive event worth mentio... Ah, wait, the NIO EP9 smashed the Nurburgring lap record for production. Mighty impressive given that the benchmark was about eight years old, but there’s a bit of a problem. The NIO EP9 isn’t a production car. I know I’m old and my memory isn’t as good as it used to be, but can you provide me a link from where I can order this car? You can’t! Because this thing isn’t for sale.

Sure, NIO says that six examples have already been sold to company investors and that 10 more cars are underway for the general public, but that’s not much really. Maybe this contest over who has the bigger pecker on the ’Ring should have some additional rules. It’s enough that automakers like Nissan make special tweaks to their cars for these benchmarks, and we don’t need extremely limited runs validated as production models at the track. If it continues like this, carmakers will need to make just the one car to be considered a production vehicle soon. And it’s stupid!

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Watch Nio EP9 Smash The Nurburgring Record: Video

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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There's A New King Of The Nürburgring And It's Not Who You Think

There’s A New King Of The Nürburgring And It’s Not Who You Think

How about we get some proof that the EV supercar actually posted this lap time?

Setting the production car lap time record at the Nürburgring is a tremendous achievement for any automaker. Many of them take it very seriously. And for what it’s worth, it also makes for great debate among car enthusiasts. Get ready then for some heated discussion in the coming days because an unlikely supercar has reportedly set the production car lap record around the ‘Ring with a blistering time of 6:45.9. The car in question? The NIO EP9 electric supercar.

Yes, the neophyte electric supercar from Chinese automaker NextEV is now the supposed King of the ‘Ring. Not only did its lap time lay waste to the equally debated 6:52.01 lap time of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, it’s also a little over two seconds faster than the 6:48 lap time set by the Radical SR8LM back in 2009. To be clear, NextEV hasn’t released a video of the NIO EP9’s record-setting lap time so like everything else that largely relies on actual proof to validate its claim, it might be important to take this record with a grain of salt until NextEV has the evidence to really stake its claim as the new production car lap time record-holder at the Nürburgring. For what it’s worth though, the NIO EP9 did set the EV lap record at the same track back in November 2016 when it posted a lap time of 7:05.12. Clocking in a lap time that’s 19 seconds faster than its previous time is beyond impressive. Now, all we need is the proof that it actually did it.

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Nio EP9 Sets EV Lap Record At The Nurburgring

Nio EP9 Sets EV Lap Record At The Nurburgring

It also took down the lap record for an electric car at the Paul Ricard circuit

In case people start getting confused which startup automaker is building which performance electric car, I’d like all of you to put you attention on NextEV and its Nio EP9 electric hypercar. The car’s specs alone are worth headlines since it packs 1,341 horsepower and a staggering 4,671 pound-feet of torque, but the Nio EP9 didn’t make today’s headlines because of that. It made the headlines because it used all of that power to record a 7:05.12-minute lap time around the Nurburgring, becoming the fastest ever electric car to navigate around the 12.9-mile race track.

To put that in perspective, the Nio EP9’s lap time puts it fifth overall among street-legal, production cars, outpacing the Nissan GT-R Nismo by over three seconds. To be clear though, the EP9 is not yet an actual production car so the GTR’s lap time of 7:08.69 can still sit pretty in that fifth place spot. But rest assured, the pace that the EP9 exhibited as it ran roughshod over the ‘Ring points to what the hypercar is fully capable of when it’s unleashed with no restrictions.

At the very least, it’s slowly piling up record lap times in some of the world’s most famous racing tracks, including the Paul Ricard circuit in Marseille, France, where it set a lap time of 1:52.78, a record for an electric car at the world famous circuit.

Beyond it’s obnoxiously high output — it technically generates 1 megawatt of power, same as the Koenigsegg One:1 — the EP9 can also generate a mind-boggling 17,701 pound-feet of torque of downforce when it’s doing 149 mph, which, according to NextEV, is two times the amount of downforce generated by a Formula One race car. All together, the electric hypercar is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in just 7.1 seconds, to go with a top speed of 195 mph. The last figure is a bit of letdown compared to some of today’s supercars, but considering everything else that it can do, I doubt people will be upset that it can’t break 200 mph, especially when they realize just how legitimately scary that feeling would be for a car that can pull out that much torque out of its four electric motors.

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