The NIO EP9 has set a new lap record on the Nordschleife: 6 minutes 45.9 seconds.
The EP9 is a Chinese electric hypercar producing 1341 BHP (1 Megawatt) and 1480 Nm torque.
The EP9 already held the lap record for an electric car at 7 minutes 5.12 seconds as of October 2016. At that time it was claimed that bad weather interfered with the record attempt. The new overall lap record has now been claimed by the same car.
Last month the company revealed plans to build ten EP9s, on a built–to order basis. This fits rather smoothly into the record claim from a ‘production car’.
At a reported $2 million Canadian equivalent, your order will give you the following basic package:
- Top speed 194 MPH (310 km/h)
- 1 seconds 0-124 MPH (199 km/h)
- 7 seconds 0-62 MPH (100 km/h) (which is actually slower than a Tesla Model S P100D)
- Standing ¼ mile 10.1 seconds @ 155 MPH (248 km/h)
With a 777 volt powertrain, the four electric motors, one for each wheel, will give you a 265 mile (424 km) range. The water-cooled lithium battery pack can be recharged in 45 minutes (no word on the charger required). If that is too long, the complete battery unit can be changed out in eight minutes, presumably by experts, and at a cost.
The EP9 weighs 1735 kg, including the 635 kg battery pack. This is 200 kg more than the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, despite a carbon monocoque and a carbon composite body. The additional weight does not stop the EP9 generating a claimed 2.5g lateral force on fast corners.
NextEV chose an unrevealed UK partner to assist in engineering and production in that country for the EP9. The new record is timely for advertising as NIO, sometime in 2017, will launch a mass-market electric car in China.