Chinese Formula E contender, NextEV, has launched its NIO electric car brand along with the EP9 – the fastest electric car in the world.
Launched at an event in London, the NIO EP9 is powered by four electric motors producing a combined output of 1-MegaWatt (like the Koenigsegg One:1), or 1000kW (1360hp) and 1480Nm of torque from 0rpm.
The Ep9 can sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds, and 0-200km/h in 7.1 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 313km/h – all while producing zero emissions.
That time makes the EP9 faster around the ‘Ring than established track weapons like the Nissan GTR Nismo, Gumpert Apollo Speed and Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR, while being within 10 seconds of hypercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce.
Despite the insane performance, the EP9 claims an all-electric range of up to 427km while its battery can be charged in just 45 minutes or swapped out for a fully-charged replacement unit – likely designed for quick pitstops in racing situation.
The EP9’s body and interior makes extensive use of carbon-fibre and carbon composite materials, though it’s still relatively heavy at 1735kg, due to the weight of the car’s battery systems.
NextEV says the EP9 has twice the downforce of a Formula One race car, and achieves 2.53G lateral force when cornering at 230km/h and 3.3G of longitudinal force under brakes – the kind of G-forces experienced by F-22 fighter pilots.
Under the skin the EP9 features four-way adjustable dampers, along with active suspension, and full-length floor diffuser.
Other aerodynamic-focused inclusions are an adjustable front splitter and an active rear wing with three positions; park, low drag and high downforce.
Filling the arches are 21-inch wheels with carbon inlays, wrapped in 295/35 R21 with a bespoke compound to handle the EP9’s extreme cornering abilities while 19-inch rims are also available with performance slick rubber.
NIO’s Chinese name, Weilai, means ‘blue sky coming’, which is represented by the company’s logo. It aims to be a leading force towards electric and autonomous vehicles.
The start-up already has bases in Shanghai, San Jose, Munich and London.