If you‘re at least a slightly bit into cars you know what Nürburgring Nordschleife is. It is a legendary racetrack with long unforgiving corners and rather bumpy straights. It is very important as the time shown in this track became a universal sign of a good sports car. Do you know which road-legal car is holding a record? It used to be a bonkers Radical track day car, but now, shockingly, it is an electric car. How?
Radical SR8 LM, which held the record before, was no joke. It could technically be a street car, although only in UK after doing some documentation. Essentially it was a purposed built track car, which just demolished everything on Nürburgring Nordschleife. Make no mistake though – you could buy it and drive around with number plates on, if circumstances were right. But now the record belongs to something else – NextEV NIO EP9. It just beat Lamborghini Huracán Performante, Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador SV and a bunch of other fast machinery. It completed the track in 6 minutes 45.9 seconds.
NIO EP9 secret is loads of electric power – it has 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1360PS (1342 bhp). Top speed is not as impressive as the one of other supercars it defeated – “only” 313 kph, but is the way it accelerates that leaves competition behind. It takes only 7.1 seconds for the EP9 to reach 200kph, while aerodynamic body and four-wheel drive system keeps it planted through the corners. In fact, NIO EP9 now is the fastest electric car, fastest four-wheel drive car and the fastest road-legal car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Only 20 of them will be made, each costing $1.48million. Sure it sounds like a bit much for a supercar, but it is really not the most expensive car you can buy. And this record ensures that NIO, a global start-up with 2000 employees 12 cities around the world, will easily sell all EP9’s it can make. NIO is a great success story. It has a team in Formula E and has big plans for the future too. It is going to have autonomous electric vehicles in the U.S. market in 2020 and a 7-seater SUV in China later this year.
Future belongs to electric cars. Maybe records like this one will be enough to get people excited about them a little bit more. But what’s next? Who’s going to beat this record? Another electric car? Or maybe Radical will not stand being second and will come back with even more capable model?
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