The Nürburgring Nordschleife is widely accepted as the biggest driving challenge open to the public, so when the forthcoming Honda Civic Type R set a new lap record in the front wheel drive category in April, everyone in the Petrol News office stood and saluted in respect.
Barely a month later and we’re applauding another new Nürburgring record, this time for the NIO EP9.
The all-electric supercar completed a lap of the Nordschleife circuit in six minutes 45.9 seconds – an all-time best for an electric vehicle.
That’s almost a minute quicker than the Civic Type R from last month and only 20 seconds slower than the all-time record set by a Porsche 956 in 1983 (6:11.13).
When you look at the stats behind the NIO EP9, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s breaking records.
The EP9’s 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1,342bhp and the vehicle has a top speed of 194mph.
In a straight line, it can blast off to 124mph from a standstill in 7.1 seconds. Previously, the EP9 has broken or set new track records at four world-renowned racetracks.
If you like the idea of owning an EP9, then you’re in luck. NIO confirmed in April that it plans to produce a second batch of ten EP9 models. The only catch is that each commands an asking price of £1.14 million.
The brand also recently unveiled the ES8 – a full size 7-seater all electric SUV – to go on sale in its native China later this year.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “This is an amazing achievement for such a little-known car maker. Everyone at NIO should be immensely proud.”