Chinese electric car startup NextEV just revealed their new brand NIO on Monday and launched the world's fastest electric car in the world. At the launch event at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, NextEV unveiled the NIO EP9. The record breaking NIO EP9 super car has 1360 hp and can accelerate from rest to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.1 seconds. It boasts a top speed of 313 km/h (194 mph) and is equipped with four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes capable of torque vectoring. The system can deliver up to 1 megawatt of power and 24,000 Newtons of down force at 240 km/h (150 mph). This vehicle has narrowly defeated the Rimac Concept_One, which until now was the super car to beat in all performance specs.
The NIO EP9 broke the fastest Nurburgring Nordschliefe Electric Vehicle lap time, achieved in 7mins 5.12 seconds. The previous record was 7mins 22seconds. With the interchangeable battery system located on either side of the driver cockpit, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes providing a range of 427 km (256 miles). NextEV claims the EP9 has the world's largest production brakes, imperative for keeping the high performance vehicle under control. The drivers of these super car will experience cornering forces of up to three G. The specially produced carbon cockpit and chassis was designed to help the driver handle those levels of pressure.
This car will be not be a car that everyone can afford and will be out of reach for the vast majority of the world's population. Although the price has not been announced, the car costed about $1.2 million to make. This super car will also have a limited production run - just six according to NextEV thus guaranteeing an incredibly steep price. The company plans to sell its series of electric and autonomous cars to consumers in China and then later opened to global markets. The research and development that went into this super car will surely benefit the company's mass market models. The NIO brand name is meant to represent a new day, the company says. NIO's Chinese name is Weilai, which translates as Blue Sky Coming, it foretells of a brighter and cleaner future.