Last year, electric-car startup Nio brought its 1341-hp EP9 supercar to the Nürburgring and set a blistering time of 7:05.12, making it the quickest electric car at the famous circuit in Germany. Now, Nio says the EP9 has returned to the ’Ring and put down an astounding 6:45.90.
That makes the EP9 quicker than a Lamborghini Huracán Performante, currently the production-car record holder at the Nürburgring.
This blistering lap comes just a few months after the EP9 ran around the Circuit of the Americas faster than any other production car and set a record for autonomous cars at the Texas track. The EP9’s pace comes from electric motors at each wheel that combine to generate 1341 horsepower and—this isn’t a typo—4366 lb-ft of torque. Having a motor at each wheel gives the EP9 real-time torque vectoring, no doubt improving cornering speeds significantly.
Unfortunately, Nio hasn’t released a video of this Nürburgring lap yet, but a company representative told us that footage should be released early next week. To date, Nio has built seven EP9s, so we’re not sure it can be considered a production car. Nio itself doesn’t say the EP9’s time is a production-car lap record, for what it’s worth.
Nio announced recently that it planned on building more EP9s with a price of $1.48 million. The EP9 uses a carbon-fiber tub built to FIA standards, runs the quarter-mile in a claimed 10.1 seconds, and can hit 2.53 g when cornering at 143 mph.
We can’t wait to watch video footage to see what the EP9 can do.