Friday, July 1, 2022

NIO EP9 shatters Nurburgring production record

IT seems like its that time of year for shattering Nurburgring records. Recently Honda used a pre-production 2017 Civic Type R to break the FWD record for the legendary circuit, but hell that was nothing. Literally.

Chinese car maker NIO (who run a team in Formula E under parent brand NextEV’s name) has slaughtered the electric vehicle  and production car records, posting an incredible 6:45.9 lap that has to be seen to be believed – and you can watch the entire lap at the top of this story.

But what is the EP9?

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It’s NIO’s all electric weapon. Let’s call it, simply unhinged. We’re talking 313km/h top speed (that’s 63km/h faster than a Tesla), zero-200km/h in 7.1 seconds (that’s a good five or six seconds faster than that same Tesla), and twice the down force of a Formula 1 car. The zero-100km/h clock ticks at 2.7 seconds.

It punches more than 1,360 horsepower and costs just a smidge under $2 million. It has interchangeable batteries and is build with one purpose in mind – to be a ride experience and track day car that just happens to be street legal.

Our one question, with just seven in existence, is it actually a production car?

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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