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Nio EP9 sets street-legal Nürburgring record with 6:45.9 blast

Nio EP9 Breaks Nurburgring Record Smashes Precious Record By Almost 7 Seconds Nurburgring lap time: All-electric Nio EP9 puts Lamborghini Huracan Performante to shame
Eleena Tovar | 15 May, 2017, 19:30

Italian sports car-maker Lamborghini launched Huracan Performante at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The new lap record illustrates the importance of favorable conditions, with driver Peter Dumbreck taking 19.22 seconds off the EP9's previous time, recorded last October in "inclement" weather.

Only months after Lamborghini broke the Nurburgring lap record for production cars, electric vehicle manufacturer NIO have come along and shattered the Raging Bull's time with their EP9 hypercar. While this is certainly a small number of units, other cars with smaller production runs (and similarly-high prices, like the McLaren F1 XP5 prototype, of which 5 were built) have qualified as "production" vehicles for these purposes, so the EP9 probably deserves the title. However, if the time is legitimate, the NIO EP9 Electric Car would be the fastest production car ever to lap the Nurburgring. Nio is also yet to release a video of its record-setting run and details of the tires used.

But the absolute lap record holder at the Nurburgring remains the Porsche 956, built in 1980s for the FIA World Sportscar Championship. "This is a fabulous achievement for Nio and I am very proud of the team that has worked tirelessly to achieve this accolade", said Gerry Hughes, Head of Performance Program and FE team principal at NIO. It's capable of 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in less than 2.7 seconds and a top speed of nearly 195 miles per hour. It recorded a lap time of 2m 40.33s at a top speed of 258kmph. In fact, the EP9 is now at the top of Nürburgring Lap Times' board.

It uses four electric motors mounted at each wheel, with a combined output of 1014kW. In addition, the company also put a driver in the EP9's seat and beat the fastest COTA lap time for a production vehicle with a driver by achieving a lap time of 2m 11.30s.