Just released and already claiming records.
It was just the other day that this electric Chinese hypercar was spotted testing at the Nurburgring. At the time we knew it was electric and it was from NextEV, but we never knew it's name. Today, the Chinese automaker unveiled the EP9 at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and at the same time released a video of the car in action just in case people doubted the car's capability. The EP9 certainly looks the part, but looks can be deceiving, especially in the world of motoring.
Can you imagine how awesome it must feel to launch a car, and on the same day release the results of track testing that shows a new Nurburgring EV record?
The EP 9 features four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the combination of which results in 1-MegaWatt of power, or 1,341 horsepower. This gets the new electric supercar to 124 mph in just 7.1 seconds and to a top speed of 195 mph. The car has an interchangeable battery system and is designed to be charged in just 45 minutes. Normal driving will see a range of an impressive 265 miles. The EP9 has a carbon cockpit and chassis, and the structural solidity and aero efficiency means the car can achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 150 mph. The car has obliterated every other EV's performance figures, and that's only the first version of it. Imagine what's next.
NextEV Founder and Chairman, William Li, said at the event: “Today we launched our electric supercar that broke the record at the Nordschliefe. The NIO EP9 was born to push limits and is the first stage of automotive production for NIO. It is a statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities. It is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles. We believe that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone, leading to a more sustainable tomorrow. And with that, our vision of a blue sky will come true.” Let's hope we see more of this car on track and in testing, because we're now superfans.