WORLD'S FASTEST BATTERY-CAR: It's the NextEV's EP9 electric supecar. Image: NextEV / Newspress
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Supercar Nio EV slashes ‘Ring record – but how fast?

  • NextEV Nio embodies carmaker of future
  • Nio EP9 – the world’s fastest electric car
  • Nürburgring Nordschliefe lap time slashed
WORLD'S FASTEST BATTERY-CAR: It's the NextEV's EP9 electric supecar. Image: NextEV / Newspress
WORLD’S FASTEST BATTERY-CAR: NextEV’s EP9 electric supecar can make more than 2540kg of downforce. Image: NextEV / Newspress

LONDON, England – NextEV has unveiled the world’s fastest battery-car, the Nio EP9. How fast? Read on…

“The Nio,” its makers say, “will help people to re-discover the joyful lifestyle of car ownership by creating vehicles that deliver superior performance and set a benchmark for aesthetic design and unique user-experiences.”

While the London event was primarily to introduce the brand, NextEV also unveiled its electric supercar, the Nio EP9, which has set a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On October 12 2016 the EP9 lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7min05.12, beating the previous EV lap record and making it the fastest electric car on the planet.

WORLD'S FASTEST BATTERY-CAR: It's the NextEV's EP9 electric supecar. Image: NextEV / Newspress
WORLD’S FASTEST BATTERY-CAR: The NextEV’s EP9 electric supecar. Image: NextEV / Newspress

On November 4 2016  it smashed the EV record at the Paul Ricard circuit in France with a time of 1min52.78, eclipsing the previous record of 2min40.

The EP9 has four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes to distribute the car’s 100kW  of power. The EP9 can accelerate from rest to 200km/h in 7.1sec and has a top speed of 313km/h.

With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427km.

‘BORN TO PUSH LIMITS’

The carbon cockpit and chassis have a new approach to performance/vehicle design to handle the physical demands of 3G cornering capabilities that uses structural solidity and aero efficiency. The EP9 is capable 24 000 Newtons (about 2450kg)  of downforce at 240km/h.

NextEV founder and chairman William Li told The Corner in a media release: “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 towards production.

“It is a statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities, 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.”

WORLD'S FASTEST BATTERY-CAR: It's the NextEV's EP9 electric supecar. Image: NextEV / Newspress
WORLD’S FASTEST BATTERY-CAR: It’s not just the fastest, it’s also, The Corner thinks, by far the most beautiful.  NextEV’s EP9 electric supecar can top 300km/h and reach 200km from rest in 7.1 seconds. Image: NextEV / Newspress

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