The NIO EP9 set a new Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record on May 12,2017, improving its previous result from October 2016 by 19.22 seconds to 6m 45.900 s (six minutes, 45.900 seconds)!

On May 12, 2017 NIO EP9 Breaks the Nurburgring Nordschleife Lap Record - 6m 45.900s

On May 12, 2017 NIO EP9 Breaks the Nurburgring Nordschleife Lap Record - 6m 45.900s

And we are not talking a personal best, or for plug-in vehicles, the time of 6:45.900 is the all-time record for any other production car.

...so, faster than the prior record-holding performance from two months ago by more than 6.3 seconds by a Lamborghini Huracán Performante, that turned in a time of 6:52.01.

What does it take to be the best, apparently 1 MW worth of power on tap (1,341 hp) , and of course all-wheel-drive (details). And you can purchase one for only 1.48 million USD.

"The EP9’s 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1360PS (1342 bhp) and the vehicle has a top speed of 313kph (194mph). The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph (0-124mph) in 7.1 seconds. Previously, the EP9 has broken or set new track records at four world-renowned racetracks."

NIO EP9

NIO EP9

Gerry Hughes, Head of Performance Program & FE Team Principal, NIO said:

“In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9. In the inclemental weather that the Nürburgring Nordschleife is known for, the EP9 completed two laps of the 20.8 km (12.9m) ‘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,”.

Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NIO, U.S. said:

“As a company, we were born to push limits. Setting and breaking records with our EP9 is for the sole purpose to show the world that we have the automotive and technical expertise to succeed in the global automotive market. Our vision is to be the best of the next generation of car companies by producing the smartest vehicles in world,”

NIO EP9

NIO EP9

Quick specs on the NIO EP9:

  • two-seater fully-electric supercar
  • 1 MW peak power delivery at wheel / 1,360 PS equivalent with AWD with 4 x inboard motors, 4 individual gear boxes and torque vectoring
  • Max speed, gear limited 313 kph (195 mph)
  • 0-100 kph 2.7 seconds
  • 0-200 kph 7.1 seconds
  • 0-300 kph 15.9 seconds
  • 427 km (265 miles) range using 2 lithium batteries, indirectly water cooled
  • 45 minutes Battery charge time (battery changeable)
  • 1735 kg total weight, Batteries = 635 kg (both), All carbon content = 364 kg
  • Dimensions: 4888 x 2230 x 1150 mm
  • Quarter mile time 10.1 seconds/249 kph

Below: NIO EP9 Gallery

Hat tip to Alex!