A week after its mysterious teaser, NextEV’s electric hypercar has finally been unveiled in London. The car, known as the NIO EP9, has already proven its worth in the electric vehicle (EV) genre. It just set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in in 7 minutes 05.12 seconds, making it the fastest EV on planet earth!
The NIO EP9 is two-seater hypercar with carbon cockpit and aero-driven chassis. It’s equipped with four electric motors, each with its own gearbox. This complex setup generates a total output of 1-MegaWatt of power, which translates to a colossal 1,360 hp! The EP9 can sprint from nought to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds, while 0-200 km/h takes 7.1 seconds. Top speed is clocked at 313 km/h.
The EP9 claims to utilise an interchangeable battery system, where a single charge (45 minutes to reach full capacity) enables it to travel up to 427 kilometres. EVs are usually penalised by its battery weight and on this example it’s no different, it weights 635 kg. This brings the EP9 to a total weight of 1,735 kg, which is 200 kg more a McLaren P1. Still, that didn’t deter the EP9 to clock an amazing lap time at the Ring as seen in the video.
Exclusivity of this electric hypercar is ensured, as they will only produce six units of the EP9, and all of them are reserved to the six founding investors of the company. No pricing was revealed, but each unit costs approximately $1.2 million to build. NextEV meanwhile will use this car to promote its latest EV sub-brand, NIO. The NIO brand will see its first mass production EV to be ready in its native market in China somewhere in 2017.