Published on May 16th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Nio EP9 Smashes Nurburgring Lap Record For Production Cars (w/Video)
The Nio EP9 supercar went to the Nurburgring last year and set the fastest lap ever for an electric car – 7 minutes 5.12 seconds. That was impressive. Then last week, the company brought an updated version of the EP9 back to the Nordshliefe (north course) at the Nurburgring and set the outright fastest lap ever by a road legal production car — a blistering 6 minutes, 45.9 seconds. We have video of that lap below.
“Production car” may require a bit of clarification. So far the company has made 6 of these 1,342 horsepower hypercars. Priced at $1.48 million a copy, you aren’t likely to see one in the parking lot at your local Walmart anytime soon. The EP9 has a top speed of 194 miles per hour, corners at up to 3Gs and generates a maximum of 5,395 pounds of aerodynamic downforce at speed.
For those who don’t know, the Nurburgring race track opened in 1925. It was almost 19 miles long and had 173 turns — 89 to the left and 84 to the right. It is the track where Formula One world champion Nikki Lauda crashed and burned in 1976, an incident that was immortalized in the Ron Howard movie Rush. After that horrific accident, the entire track was deemed unsafe for modern racing cars and was broken into the 12.9 mile long Nordschliefe or northern circuit and the much shorter Südschliefe or southern circuit, which hosts grand prix races today.
The Nio EP9 beat the lap set by the barely street legal Radical SR8LM’s by two seconds and the Lamborghini Huracán Performante by more than 6 seconds. The Lambo was the prior production car record holder. A few months back, the EP9 went around the Circuit of the Americas track outside of Austin, Texas in autonomous mode at an average speed of 160 miles per hour — pretty quick for a car with no human driver at the controls.
Nio started life at NextEV before it was rebranded. In April, it brought its conventional looking electric SUV, the ES8, to the Shangai auto show. That car is expected to be the first car from the company to go into volume production.