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The Nürburgring lap record was shattered by an electric car

by Eric Frederiksen | May 21, 2017May 21, 2017 10:00 am PST

The general conception among the public regarding electric cars is slowly but surely changing. They’re not seen as little putt-putt mobiles anymore thanks to efforts from makers like Tesla. But electric cars make up some of the fastest cars around, too. The NIO EP9 from NextEV might just be the fastest of them all.

If you’ve ever had any passion for fast cars, you’ve heard of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, affectionately called Green Hell by those who drive it. It’s a German racetrack that car companies use to put their best cars to the test. Setting a fast time on Nürburgring is a way to show that your street-legal super or hypercar is the cream of the crop.

This ultra-fast electric car set an admirable time of 7:05.12 previously, but that was in the rain, and certainly didn’t give it a spot at the top of the ‘ring’s leaderboards. So the team scheduled another date in hopes of getting some better weather. When the EP9 came back around, it dropped its time down to 6:45.9 seconds—just short of a 20-second improvement. In racing, that’s a lifetime.  The next-fastest cars right now are the Radical SR8LM and Lamborghini Huracán Performante, which come in 3 and 7 seconds behind the NIO EP9, respectively.

No, you can’t afford it

The EP9 is an extremely low-production car, though. Jalopnik says NextEV made just six of them in the first run, and is making 10 more. They go for $1.48 million a piece. The ride offers 1,342 brake horsepower (or the electric equivalent, at least) and a top speed of 194 miles per hour. The car is street-legal enough to qualify for the record, but it’s not something you’re likely to see on the street, like, ever. But stuff like this helps put electric cars on more and more peoples’ radars. Gearheads are slowly turning into electoheads, one by one. These cars also help push the technology itself to its limits, exposing ways to improve upon it that we might not find with Tesla’s street cars.

Here’s a video from one of the EP9’s other laps to go out on:


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...