Italian sports car-maker Lamborghini launched Huracan Performante at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The EV maker has yet to provide video proof of the lap (the images to your right come from the previous adventure), but, if the stopwatch number proves to be accurate, this means the EP9 one-upped the Lamborghini Huracan Performante's 6:52.01 production auto record time by quite a margin. The track-focused version of the Huracan had soon caught attention by setting a new production vehicle lap record at the famous 20.81 km Nurburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany. NIO doesn't go into extensive detail regarding the new record, so we're unsure of crucial facts including the type of tire used, level of interior equipment, and driver. The NIO EP9 will be priced at 1.48 million Dollars.
"The Nio EP9 and I broke the production auto record around the Nordschleife today".
In a statement acknowledging the company's achievement, NIO's Gerry Hughes said "The EP9's new lap record is 19.22 seconds faster than its previous lap time". The high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes deliver 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,341bhp. It's capable of 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in less than 2.7 seconds and a top speed of nearly 195 miles per hour. If that wasn't impressive enough, the EP9 has a range of 427 km (265 miles) and have been created to be recharged in just 45 minutes. Heck, the EP9 was even faster than the track-only Pagani Zonda R which set a 6:47.50 lap time in 2010. NextEV conducted a run of the vehicle in autonomous mode at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas on February 23.
That's a new record for street-legal cars, with the previous record being the 6:48.28 set by the Radical SR8 LM in 2009. It recorded a lap time of 2m 40.33s at a top speed of 258kmph.