You might not have heard of the Nio EP9 – but it’s about time. This is the electric supercar that Chinese startup NextEV has been cooking up in secrecy and the company is coming to light in a great way.
Next EV has decided to showcase the prowess of their Nio EP9’s astounding performance – on October 12 the all-electric supercar which has a 165-kg carbon fiber chassis managed to get clocked on the grueling 20.8-km Green Hell in just 7 minutes and 05.12 seconds. This is of course now the fastest electric vehicle on the Nordschleife, but it has also managed to take down some great names in the world of traditional supercars: Nissan GT-R Nismo (7:08.69) and even the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition (7:14). This is because the Nio follows the Koenigsegg One:1 recipe – it has 1 MW (1,341 hp) of power thanks to four electric motors that come up with a crazy torque figure – 4,671 pound-feet (6,334 Nm).
There are four individual gearboxes for each electric motor and the supercar will hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.7 seconds on its way to 124 mph (7.1 seconds) and a maximum speed of 195 mph (313 km/h). There are specifically designed brakes from Alcon that have double the capabilities of a GT3 racer, bespoke wheels with carbon inlays available in 19- and 21-inch sizes, four-way adjustable dampers and a hydraulic actuator. It is also capable of a range of 265 miles (427 km) and it only needs 45 minutes for a full recharge. And it’s also the EV lap record holder on the Paul Ricard track in France where it needed just 1 minute and 52.78 seconds on November 4.