May 16

1,360HP / 4,671 LB-FT All-Electric NIO EP9 Smashes Nurburgring Road Car Lap Record

 

By Matt Posky

Engineering a vehicle with the Nürburgring in mind doesn’t always produce the most enjoyable on-road driving experience, but it often results in one amazing performance machine.

The NIO EP9 electric supercar was already the fastest EV ever to grace the track, which is a feat in itself since the Tesla Model S proved itself incapable of maintaining full-trust for the duration of the 14-mile track. However, after taking another stab at it, the NIO is claiming the EP9 is now the fastest production vehicle ever to grace the track — gas or electric.

Although it has not yet released dash cam footage or official confirmation and documentation, under what NIO admitted to being perfect conditions, it says the EP9 completed the course in 6:45.90. That’s over 19 seconds quicker than its pervious lap time and 6 seconds quicker than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s. The EP9 also bested the Radical SR8LM, which is not globally street legal and only slightly more useful for daily-driving duties than the space shuttle.

Although, the EP9 isn’t exactly a Honda Accord. It may be road legal worldwide but it’s also a made to order 1.48 million dollar electric hypercar. EIO only built six in its last production run and it’s unknown how many will be assembled in the recently announced second round. But they’ve built enough to consider the ludicrous EV a road-worthy production car, and therefore valid to complete against other production vehicles’ times on Nordschleife — and track records seem to be something NIO is particularly interested in.

“In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9,” said Gerry Hughes, Head of NIO’s Performance Program and Formula-E Team Principal. “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.”

The EP9’s 1360 horsepower and 4,671 pounds of torque have made it the fastest production car ever to lap the Circuit of the Americas earlier this year. It would appear that NIO’s publicity strategy for 2017 is to take the EP9 around to different tracks, allow it to smash the current lap record, and issue a press release every two months.

While many will claim this is death knell of internal combustion superiority, we should remember that Formula E is still considered by car enthusiasts as very boring and most EVs still have trouble maintaining steam at the outer limits. The EP9 is a dark horse that may be able to lay down numbers only a few seconds behind cars competing in the World Endurance Championship, but its battery life would never permit it to stay out for more than a handful of laps. At least, not yet.

Although no dash cam footage is available, here is the view from the 7:05 previous record lap.

This article originally appeared at TheTruthAboutCars.com

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    May 16th, 2017 (6:23 am)

    Maybe an ICE car like this would have a chance against the EP9:
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    May 16th, 2017 (8:30 am)

    Would love to do a lap on the Ring.
    BMW used to have a Ring taxi for showing off their cars. There was a pretty hot female taxi driver, Sabine Schmitz who became popular from this.

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    May 16th, 2017 (9:10 am)

    MnVikes: There was a pretty hot female taxi driver, Sabine Schmitz who became popular from this.

    (everyone Googles ‘Sabine Schmitz’)

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    May 16th, 2017 (9:51 am)

    Eco_Turbo:
    Maybe an ICE car like this would have a chance against the EP9:

    And here I complain about the Volts A-pillar 🙂

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    May 16th, 2017 (10:08 am)

    That is a very expensive electric car. For that price you can buy over 35 Chevy Bolt EVs or 40 Volts.

    The only good news about this is that the technology used may trickle down into production cars.

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    May 16th, 2017 (3:17 pm)

    This is what I’ve been saying all along. When EVs are better than gas cars, EVs will sell.

    Equal in TCO , but, better in every other way. We’re close in TCO and better in acceleration. Plus fuel is 1/4 the cost on average. Probably one or two generations away from EV selling better than ICE.

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    May 16th, 2017 (5:48 pm)

    NIO is great in the way that a Ferrari, Lambo, Bugatti, and high end Mercedes, Porsche race cars are. Something for us to drool over, but in reality out of the reach for 99% of us. It’s impressive to watch. I’m not surprised Formula E hasn’t gained much traction YET as the usual demographic that is a race car fan are not the ones out there buying EVs. Watch the parking lot at those events, not too many PHEVs in the lot. As performance EVs hit the market, I can see that changing. I remember when fuel injection was considered the bain of automobile performance.

    Would like to see what it would take to get an ICE to produce 4,671 lbs of TQ into a race car chassis.

    Now that the fastest car title is an EV. What we need now is a way for an EV to win Rally races… I don’t think tech wise we are there just yet.

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    May 16th, 2017 (6:28 pm)

    Some Ring things I learned from the Corvette Forum

    Not a forgiving track, barriers are close to roadway, miss a turn and boom.
    It has a lot of elevation changes and considering the speeds necessary to run below 8 minutes a lap, the hard core trackers install stage 3 aero kits to stay in contact with road.
    It’s murder on brakes. At the end of a lap, street legal brake fluids (German anyway) are boiling so brake fade is a big issue.

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    May 17th, 2017 (5:27 am)

    Matt Posky,

    Torque is not measured in “pounds.” Did you mean lb-ft, or perhaps lb-in?

    GSP

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