I must say, I am really liking the direction the automotive industry, and independent car manufacturers in particular, are heading. Bugatti coming up with a hypercar even more insane than the Chiron? Check. Aston Martin making cars that look like they’re from the future? Yep. Nissan working with Italdesign to make one of the most gorgeous supercars ever? Done. A jet fighter-inspired 5,000 hp quad-turbo hypercar? Why not? And a 5,221 horsepower, 303 mph hypercars? Maybe. These days it’s just one automotive masterpiece after another. And that’s just the tip of the supercar and hypercar iceberg in 2018.
And now we can add start-up automobile manufacturer NIO, based in China, to the mix as their EP9 has become the fastest electric production car at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Nio EP9’s electric hypercar had already set speed records for the fastest autonomous car in the world at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
And broken the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record.
The EP9’s 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1360 PS (1342 bhp) and the vehicle has a top speed of 313 kph (194 mph). The EP9 accelerates from 0-200 kph (0-124 mph) in 7.1 seconds. The EP9 has also broken or set new track records at world-renowned racetracks Circuit Paul Ricard and Shanghai International Circuit.
And now the NIO EP9 is the fastest road car on slicks at the Festival of Speed ever.
Driven by Peter Dumbreck, the time was also the fifth fastest ever time on the famous hillclimb and the second ever fastest set by an electric vehicle.
I want one.