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Chinese electric NIO EP9, the king of Nürburgring

Edward Green |
At a launch event at the Saatchi Gallery in London, China's electric car company NextEV unveiled its brand, NIO.

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This visionary electric car brand will help users rediscover the "joyful lifestyle" of car ownership by creating inspiring vehicles that deliver superior performance, a new benchmark for aesthetic design and unique user experiences. Additionally, the company unveiled its electric supercar, the NIO EP9, which has achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe.

On October 12, 2016, the EP9 lapped the 20.8km Green Hell in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record held, marking it out as the fastest electric car in the world. Additionally, on November 4, it smashed the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s. With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,360PS.

The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres. The carbon cockpit and chassis embodies a new approach to performance vehicle design to handle the physical demands of a car with 3G cornering capabilities, with added structural solidity and aero efficiency. The EP9 is capable of achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240kph.

The EP9 features a visionary integrated e-control structure and sensor system layout, which could fit the latest autonomous driving technology. Additionally, it utilises intelligent, user-friendly interactional design concept, which provides a joyful experience for users with digital interaction and instant sharing. So, Ferrari and Porsche owners, should you take a look at the EP9? We believe you should.

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