and we aim to lead the way."
The NIO EP9's specs tell the story:
- 1390 brake horsepower.
- Twice the downforce of an F1 car (!)
- 3.3 longitudinal G under braking, and up to 2.5 G in the corners
- 408 mm brake discs front and rear (for reference, a 458 Speciale carries 398 mm discs)
- 7.1 seconds 0-124 mph (McLaren P1 pace)
- 4 way adjustable dampers
- 320 section r-compound/slick tires
Its time of 6:45.09 around the Nurburgring makes it unequivocally the quickest production car to ever do it. The EP9 beat the time set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante just earlier this year by 7 seconds. And if you count the Radical SR8 LM as a "production car," the EP9 undercut that as well by about 3 seconds.
The EP9 covered Austin's Grand Prix track in 2:40.33. We've checked our sources (YouTube…) and a 991 Porsche GT3 RS driven near its limit takes ~2:25.
It wasn't long ago that hybrid technology was predicted to be the downfall of the performance car. The performance hybrid technology of the P1, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari proved that hypothesis false. Very false.
The NIO EP9 reveals the path forward for performance road + track cars entirely beyond the fossil fuel era, and when autonomy becomes the market preference and norm, if not compulsory.
We love our V8's, but if the future involves charting a course and getting some work done en route to the track, then taking the reins and giving your neck all it can handle before recovering on an autonomous drive home… count us in.
Read more about the NIO EP9 here.