Here’s The Entire Record-Setting Nio EP9 Nurburgring Lap – Video



Listen to the electric motors whine as the Nio EP9 zips into the top spot for production vehicles at the Nurburgring.

Back on May 12, 2017, the pure electric Nio EP9 set a new Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record. Now there’s video of the entire lap of the ‘Ring.

Nio EP9 Holds The #1 Spot

Previously, the Nio EP9 had put down a Nurburgring lap time back in October 2016. That run was by no means indicative of what the EP9 was truly capable of though.

In fact, from the October 2016 run to the record-setting May 12 lap, Nio improved the EP9’s time by a remarkable 19.22 seconds. The improvement was enough to push the EP9 into the #1 spot for production vehicles in terms of lap times at the ‘Ring.

The time stands at an astonishing six minutes, 45.900 seconds, or quicker than the prior record-holding performance by more than 6.3 seconds.  That car, now is the #2 spot, is the Lamborghini Huracán Performante that turned in a time of 6:52.01.

What does it take to be #1 at the ‘Ring?  1 MW worth of power on tap (1,341 hp) and of course all-wheel-drive. Oh and a cool $1.48 million USD or so.

“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 On The Ring

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Awesome. They should start a tour of tracks in North America and take away all the records set on the Dodge Viper track tour. Definitely need to rub in it the face of FCA after the 9 second Dodge Demon pretty much annihilated all the production car quarter mile stats.

I guess they’ll have to actually sell some to validate the “production car” status. I wonder what the minimum is? 20? 50? 100? IDK.

Pretty cool though.

I too don’t understand what qualifies as a production car, but apparently some McLarens and Lamborghinis are considered production despite less than a dozen ever being made.

I’m impressed by NIO. Also as it seems NIO not just copycats Tesla’s Hershey’s Kiss strategy, but is doing even better.

That’s an impressive accomplishment for anyone, let alone for a small company. While electric sports cars sold for legal street use may not transform mobility nor transport, they will transform sports cars and eventually many motorsports.


They are quite large considering they have yet to start selling their first cars:

“NIO has more than 2,000 employees in San Jose, Shanghai, Munich, London and eight other locations. In October, NIO USA announced that it was issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit by the California DMV and it would begin testing on public roads under the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program guidelines as it progresses on its path to bring autonomy to market.

Investors include Tencent, Temasek, Sequoia Capital, Lenovo, TPG and other world-renowned investment institutions. The company is also involved in the FIA Formula Championship, the world’s first single-seater, all-electric racing series. The NextEV NIO Formula E team won the inaugural drivers’ championship title in 2015.”

Still tiny compared to any typical car manufacturer. 🙂

I wonder how fast a tuned autopilot could take the course. It would be relatively easy to program as the track is fixed.

With that number in mind, I wonder how close this driver came to the theoretically fastest time with this car.

Sure seems like it takes lots of skill not to skid off the track.

I wonder too. But I am not sure it’s easy to make a computer drive faster. The track doesn’t move, but every other variable does. It’s never exactly the same twice. I don’t know how real it is, but it’s often said about the best racing drivers that they have this almost magical feel for where the limit is and can use all the available grip.

Of course a computer ought to have huge advantages over a human both in hyper-accurate sensing and reaction time, and execution time. So it would be very interesting to compare with a great racing driver!

The graffiti on the track surface might confuse Autopilot, as it has a hard enough time as it is in finding lane markings on a regular highway.

I realize those TES* reality distortion goggles you wear make it hard to perceive reality, but the discussion was about a generic self-driving car “autopilot”. Nobody here was specifically talking about Tesla Autopilot until you posted that gratuitous off-topic FUD.

*Tesla Envy Syndrome

NIO, a next-generation car company, announced the fastest ever autonomous lap at the Circuit of the Americas Race Track in Austin, Texas. On February 23, the NIO EP9 drove autonomously without any interventions, recording a time of 2m 40.33s (two minutes, 40.33 seconds) at a top speed of 160 mph. The same day, the NIO EP9 also beat the fastest COTA lap time for a production car with a driver, achieving a lap time of 2m 11.30s (two minutes, 11.30 seconds) and reaching a top speed of 170 mph.

The go-cart story features fans. At higher speeds, what’s cool about the NIO EP9 is that by putting lots of battery longitudinally between the front/rear wheels, they were able to go crazy shaping the under-carriage (9:18). This video describes 2-3G of downforce, at speed. That means it’s capable of running upside down.

The 6:45 ‘Ring car says a lot about where brakes, tires and (4) motors may go to produce speed. Porsche will want no one to know about it. At 9:55, the guy’s hand gives perspective on how big the brakes are. Imagine what it could do with improved kinetic recovery? Good times ahead.

Very interesting video. Thanks for posting.

Another awesome video, thanks!

Very interesting video. Thanks for posting.

horrible noise though

You mean the jet airplane whir offends?

Many high performance runs by performance electrics have a grindy-dominant sound of the single or 3 speed gearcase. The EP9 sounds like sheer bliss to me – nearly ghostly whirring along at 200+ MPH.

You see, I sneak up on your gaseous-belching Ferrari or Porsche before my stealth attack where I leave you in my dust on the ‘Ring!

Fast doesn’t mean “vroom vroom” any longer.

Enjoy the view of my taillights getting smaller and smaller in the distance!

This driver is amazing.

I notice only once or twice does he scrub any curb along the route. He’s so smooth and his line is nearly perfect.

The whole effect is even more amazing as the sheer speed sneaks up on you because unlike other one-off EV supercars, there is no loud gearcase whine.

It’s just smooth, stealth and lightning fast.

Amazing lap. Amazing video!

NIO could make something interesting with Rimac like corner vectoring. Rimac makes battery packs(4.5 kwh) with 525kw of power and weight only 165 lbs. I would like to see carbon wheels on EP9. May be EP9 is heavy because Koenigsegg Regera(RWD) accelerates from 94 to 155mph for 3.2 sec.