Chinese electric car maker NextEV has unveiled its NIO brand, with the first car from that electric car line, called the EP9. The first vehicle it unveiled is already a world-record holder: and it has the fastest lap time for an EV at the Nürbhurgring Nordschliefe test track in the Germany, one of the most famous proving grounds for supercars. While many other automotive startups plan to emphasize autonomous driving and connectivity, NextEV says that Nio will help consumers rediscover the ‘joyful lifestyle’ of car ownership by building ‘inspiring vehicles that deliver superior performance.’ Its mission may change in future, though.
As claimed earlier, the EP9 manages a megawatt of power, or 1360 horsepower. There are 4 electric motors, with the four gearboxes, accelerating the vehicle from standstill to 60 mph in 2.7 sec and to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) in just 7.1 sec, continuing all the way to its top speed of 313 km/h or 200mph. NextEV says that the battery system is swappable, able to be charged in 45 min and it provides a range of 427 km or 265 miles.
The Chinese supercar completed the 12.9-mile lap of the legendary German racetrack, where all the supercar speeds are vetted, in 7 min and 5.12 sec. Only the Radical SR8LM and SR8, Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, and Porsche 918 Spyder have produced quicker times.
The car’s high-speed capabilities have largely been achieved through innovative design and material choices.
‘The Nio EP9 was born to push the limits and it’s the first stage of automotive production for Nio,’ said NextEV founder William Li. ‘It’s a statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities.’
Sadly, a spokesperson for NextEV told us that only six EP9s will be produced, all have been spoken for. Even worse, not a single one is bound for the US. While the Nio will begin sales as a China-only nameplate, NextEV has plans to bring Nio and its associated vehicles to the States eventually. Needless to say, if the NextEV’s foray into Formula E had our curiosity, then Nio EP9 has our attention.