NIO EP9: The World’s Fastest Electric Supercar

With more than 1,300 horsepower and a top speed of 313 km / h, the NIO EP9 claims the title of the world’s fastest electric supercar and holds the record on a lap of the famous Nürburgring circuit in Germany and on Paul Ricard in France.

NextEV is not yet famous. And yet, this Chinese brand won the very first Formula E championship in 2014 with an electric single-seater driven by Nelson Piquet Jr. Building on this success, the company decided to launch into the production of an electric car from exception, likely to reproduce on the road performances worthy of Ferrari, Porsches and other Lamborghinis.

Here is the NIO EP9, a supercar whose technical sheet impresses: one-piece carbon fiber chassis, a top speed of 313 km / h, 0 to 100 km / h in 2.5 seconds and 0 to 200 km / h in 7.5 seconds. By comparison, the Mission E, the future electric Porsche of the German brand, goes from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 3.5 seconds.

The power of the NIO EP9 is delivered by four motors each equipped with a gearbox. The set develops the equivalent of 1,360 horsepower supplied by interchangeable 777-volt batteries with a range of up to 427 kilometers. According to the manufacturer, it only takes eight minutes to replace the batteries and only 45 minutes to fully charge them.

Thrills worthy of a fighter plane
To illustrate the level of performance of his car, NextEV tested it on the famous Nürburgring circuit in Germany, where it achieved a time of 7 min 5 s 12 hundredths on one lap, which is a record for a car. electric on this track. Last year, the Porsche Mission E, which is still at the concept car stage, completed the same lap in just under 8 minutes. The NIO EP9 was also illustrated in France on the Paul Ricard circuit (to be discovered in this YouTube video), with a time of 1 min 52 s 78 hundredths which eclipsed the previous record set by an electric car (2 min 40 s ).

At the wheel, the EP9 promises sensations close to those of a fighter plane, with a deceleration of 3.3 G under braking and 2.5 G in turns at 230 km / h. Its aerodynamics allow it to create a downforce of 24,000 newtons at a speed of 240 km / h.

According to information from the AutoExpress site, only six copies of the NIO EP9 were built for a unit price of $ 1.2 million. They have all already been sold to the investors who founded NextEV. The latter will use their car as a showcase for the brand which intends to release a more conventional production model in 2017.

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