Following last year's new lap record for an electric vehicle at the Nürburgring, the NIO EP9 has now set an overall lap record for any road legal production car - with a time of 6m 45.900s.
“In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9. In the inclement 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" said Gerry Hughes, Head of Performance Program & FE Team Principal, NIO.
"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,” added Hughes.
Watch the video of the Lap Record here...
The EP9’s 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1360PS (1342 bhp) and the vehicle has a top speed of 194mph. The EP9 accelerates from 0-124mph in 7.1 seconds. Previously, the EP9 has broken or set new track records at four world-renowned racetracks.
Last month, NIO announced plans for a second batch of ten EP9s - costing $1.48million,each will be made to order.
NIO recently confirmed its aim to have autonomous electric vehicles in the U.S. market by 2020, unveiling the “NIO EVE” – the embodiment of their vision for the future of autonomous cars.
An 'ES8' full size 7-seater all electric SUV was revealed last month at the at the 2017 Shanghai International Auto show, that it will launch for the Chinese market later this year.