The new Nürburgring record holder is an electric car. The NIO EP9 completed a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of six minutes, 45.900 seconds – 6.45.09 – on 14th May. This makes the perfect follow-up to the NIO EP9’s prior racetrack performances as the car has broken or set new track records at four other world-renowned racetracks so far.
Nürburgring record holder
The famous German Nürburgring track is 12.9 miles long. The NIO EP9 comes from NextEV and the new time consequently knocks off the crown of previous Nürburgring record holder, the Radical SR8LM, with a time of 6.48.00. However, the Radical SR8LM’s status as a road car is disputed by some. So if you are only considering street-legal cars, you may instead be looking at the Lamborghini Huracan Performante – 6.52.01. Back in October, the NIO EP9 had lapped the Nürburgring in 7.05.12 but this new lap is 19.22 secnds faster.
The NIO EP9
In recent years, the intensity of manufacturers’ competition has increased. A stunning Nürburgring record will often help a car fly out of showrooms considerably faster. This should be no problem for the NIO EP9 though. The first batch was a mere six cars, available only for investors. Last month, the company announced a second batch ten. Every one will be made to order and will be priced at 1.48 million USD.
The EP9 gives 1 MegaWatt of power, which is equivalent to 1360 PS (1342 bhp). The vehicle has a top speed of 194 mph and accelerates from 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds. It has an interchangeable battery, designed to be charged in 45 minutes with a 235 m range.
NextEV launched the car and the NIO brand in London in November. From the beginning, the company has set out high expectations.
The NIO EP9 was designed to push limits. It is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles. – NextEV founder and Chairman, William Li
The NIO EP9 is certainly living up to these statements so far.