On May 12th the new wannabe poster boy of the electric car market NIO unleashed its EP9 on the Nürburgring in a second attempt at taking the spoils. Just 6min 45.9sec later it had completed the tortuous 12.9 miles to reassert its hold on the electric car record – and this time to set the outright fastest time for a road-legal car.
It beats the long-standing mark set by Radical with its SR8LM, famously driven to the Nürburgring from the UK for its record attempt in 2009. The Radical’s time was 2 seconds slower – and its lap a great deal noisier – than the NIO’s.
Now, only racing cars – headed by the Porsche 956 – are quicker around the Nordschleife than this battery-powered two-seater.
Accompanied by nothing more than a faint whine, the EP9’s one megawatt of power (that’s equivalent to 1342bhp) and all-wheel drive delivers otherworldly acceleration, as the rate at which the Green Hell flashes by outside the windows in this in-car video clearly shows.
It would be good if the vid had a speed readout but, really, you don’t need one to tell just how phenomenally quick the car is. NIO says the EP9 can sprint from 0-124mph in 7.1 seconds on its way to a 194mph top speed. The car was 19 seconds quicker than its last (damp) ‘Ring run.