Enter the Matrix: NextEV Launches Nio EP9, a Chinese Electric Supercar
After flexing its muscles in Formula E, NextEV is actually taking its knowledge to the globe of roadgoing production vehicles under its completely new Nio automotive brand. The Chinese company will Discharge a mass-production vehicle in its home market in 2017; however, in an attempt to attract consumer attention, Nio is actually kicking things into gear with the unveiling of This particular all-electric EP9 supercar.
Powered by four electric motors, the low-slung supercar incorporates a combined 1341 horsepower, which is actually dispatched to all four wheels. At 3825 pounds, the 192.4-inch-long EP9 is actually a lightweight by EV standards, weighing in some 1000 pounds less than the Tesla style S P90D.
Unsurprisingly, NextEV claims which the EP9 is actually seriously quick: Reaching 124 mph coming from a standstill takes just 7.1 seconds, along with the top speed is actually rated at approximately 194 mph. A set of four-wheel disc brakes with massive, 16-inch rotors at all four corners rein in which power. All four discs, clamped by six-piston calipers, are mounted behind staggered-size tires along with wheels measuring 19 inches up front along with 21 inches inside the rear. Keeping the EP9 stuck to the ground are a host of aerodynamic aids which allow the low-slung EV to produce nearly 5400 pounds of downforce at 150 mph.
The resulting combination of horsepower, handling, along with stopping power enabled the EP9 to circle the Nürburgring Nordschleife with its 73 turns in 7:05.12—3.56 seconds faster than the Nissan GT-R NISMO along with only 5.39 seconds behind the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce.
When driven more normally, NextEV claims the EP9 can travel approximately 265 miles on a charge. Refilling the battery pack with electrons takes a reasonable 45 minutes; however, your vehicle’s empty battery packs can be swapped for a pair of completely new ones in just eight minutes.
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Sadly, a spokesperson for NextEV told us which only six EP9s will be produced, along with all have been spoken for. Even worse, not 1 one is actually bound for the United States. While Nio will begin sales as a China-only nameplate, NextEV has plans to bring the Nio along with its associated vehicles to the States eventually. Needless to say, if NextEV’s foray into Formula E had our curiosity, then the Nio EP9 has our attention.