Battery Powered Supercar, Nio EP9, Breaks Time Trial Record With 6:45.9 Blast

A purely battery powered supercar, the Nio EP9, has broken the time trial record at the famous Nurburgring in Germany with a time of 6:45:90.

The record breaking attempt was held on the 12th May and is a new record for street legal cars on the Nurgburgring. The previous fastest time was set by the Radical SR8 LM in 2009. At this time all Nio is willing to state is that the weather conditions on the day were much more favourable than the previous attempt when the EP9 clocked a respectable 7:05:12.

Nio is a global start-up based in China, Nio design and develop high-performance premium electric vehicles. Nio employs the talents of Research and Development experts from around the world with leading technology and management from high tech and automobile companies. Nio was founded by Bitauto and NextEV Chairman William Li. Other companies with investment in Nio include Tencent, Temasek, Sequoia, Baidu, TPG and Lenova to name a few.

NextEV is Nio’s Formula E Team involved in the FIA Formula E championship, a world’s first single seater electric racing series. NextEV, with Nelson Piquet Jr at the wheel, won the first FIA Formula E Drivers Championship. The EP9 is a carbon fibre, two seater with four electric motors generating a combined 1342 horsepower with 1091 pound-feet of torque. Capable of 0-60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds with a healthy top speed of up to 195 mph.

Each wheel on the EP9 has its own motor and transmission. The EP9 is both an all-wheel drive system, and an individual wheel drive vehicle. With the EP9’s advanced torque vectoring system power output to each wheel can be adjusted. The rear wing of the EP9 is adjustable and has three settings, parked, low drag and high downforce.

Interior, exterior and chassis are made entirely of carbon fibre. With four screens, one on the driver’s side of the dashboard, one on the passenger side, the centre console for displaying performance data, lap times with a map of the track showing the car’s current position. The last screen is on the steering wheel.