NIO EP9 betters its Nurburgring lap record
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Last year electric vehicle (EV) start-up NIO announced their EP9 hypercar had become the fastest EV to lap the 20.8km Nurburgring circuit - setting a time of 7 minutes and 5 seconds.
Now, the NIO EP9 set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a lap time of 6m 45.9s
“In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9," said Gerry Hughes, Head of Performance Program for NIO.
"In the inclement weather that the Nürburgring Nordschleife is known for, the EP9 completed two laps of the 20.8 km ‘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.”
The EP9’s 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1360PS (1342 bhp) and the vehicle has a top speed of 313kph. The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph 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 from NZ$2.1 million.