The future is electric – we know this is true, and some manufacturers are looking to get a head start on other in the EV (Electric Vehicle) race. One such manufacturer hails from China, and until recently had only done anything in the realm of Formula-E. But now, NextEV has launched their first road car, the NextEV Nio EP9, and with it, they’ve set a new Nurburgring lap record for EVs.
The NextEV Nio EP9 is a brand new electric supercar boasting some pretty mind-boggling numbers. Utilising 4 individual electric motors, each with its own gearbox, the NextEV Nio EP9 delivers 1000kW and 1480Nm to all 4 wheels. Yip, 1000kW – matching the insane output of the Koenigsegg One:1 and earning the title of Megacar for its 1 megawatt output.
Those figures mean the NextEV Nio EP9 is capable of a 0-100km/h sprint of just 2.7s, 0-200km/h in 7.1s, and reach a top speed of 313km/h.
But together that all added up to something even more impressive on October 12th, 2016, as the NextEV Nio EP9 lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife’s 20.8km lap in 7m05.12s. That time makes it not only the fastest ever EV to lap the circuit, but the 5th quickest production car lap time ever – 6th if you count McLaren’s sub-7 minute claim without an actual time.
The carbon-fibre chassis electric supercar also set an EV lap record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, with a time of 1m52.78s on November 4th – signifying its intent to be declared as the world’s fastest electric car.
But whilst the NextEV Nio EP9’s performances are truly astounding, what may be even more so is the bold claim that the supercar can be fully charged in 45 minutes, with a range of 427km on a full battery. Mind-blowing stuff right there.