Chinese Startup Shatters Lap Record For Electric Vehicle Around Nurburgring

Mon, Nov 21, 2016 1,472

A Chinese startup company was talking the talk when it announced Monday its new car it was the “fastest electric vehicle in the world.” Well, it can walk the walk, too.

NextEV just shattered a lap record at Nurburgring, but even if you were at “The Green Hell,” you might not have heard it. The NIO EP9 set the lap-record for an EV, with a blistering pace of just over 7 minutes, 5 seconds. Its official time was 7:05.120, nearly 17 seconds faster than the previous record, according to the video.

The NIO EP9 is set to go on sale in China next year, and has 1,360 horsepower, which propels it from zero to 160 mph in 7.1 seconds, according to Forbes. For comparison, that’s less time than it takes a BMW 320d M Sport to get to 60 mph, via zerot060times.com.

For anybody who follows Formula E, NextEV’s record should come as no surprise. After all, it was the first team to win the FE driver championship.