At a launch event at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, Chinese electric company NextEV has unveiled its new brand NIO. This visionary electric car brand aspires to rediscover the “joyful lifestyle” of car ownership by creating inspiring vehicles that deliver superior performance. The first product of the brand the NIO EP9 boasts 1,360 hp, which propels the car from rest to 160 mph in 7.1 seconds, making it the fastest electric vehicle in the world.
The NIO EP9 has demonstrated the unparalleled performance at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On October 12th 2016, the car 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. On November 4th, it beat the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.
The record-breaking electric supercar NIO EP9 features the carbon cockpit and chassis perfected 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’s four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes offer 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 EP9 features a visionary integrated e-control structure and sensor system layout, which could fit the latest autonomous driving technology. Additionally, it utilises our intelligent, user-friendly interactional design concept, which provides a joyful experience for users with digital interaction and instant sharing.
The car, that cost about $1.2 million to make, will go on sale in China in 2017. The price is yet to be announced.