NIO EP9 video: Nurburgring record breaking lap by £1.4m Chinese electric supercar

 
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The NIO EP9 was more than 30 seconds faster than its nearest electric-powered competitor (Source: NIO)

The lap record for the world-famous Nurburgring was broken on Friday by a £1.4m Chinese supercar.

Posting a time of 6 minutes 45.9 seconds around the German circuit, the NIO EP9 is also prepped for the future: it's electric.

Its time was 2.1 seconds faster than the previous record set by a Radical SR8LM in 2009. It is also more than six seconds faster than the Lamborghini Huracan, which covered a 20.6km lap of the circuit in 6 minutes 52.0 seconds in October.

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And if you have ever wondered what it is like to sit behind the wheel when breaking the record, have a look below.

The NIO EP9 generates a megawatt of power, that's 1342 brake horsepower, and has a top speed of 194mph.

The car's fairly nippy getting away from traffic lights to, taking just 7.1 seconds to get up to 124mph from a standing start.

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Friday's time was over 30 seconds faster than Toyota's TMG EV P002, which held the record for the fastest lap around the German circuit by an electric car.

Nurburgring: Top five lap times

Rank

Car

Lap time

1 NIO EP9 6:45.90
2 Radical SR8LM 6:48.00
3 Lamborghini Huracan Performante 6:52.01
4 Radical SR8 6:56.08
5 Porsche 918 Spyder 6:57.00

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