You might remember a few weeks back, Lamborghini recently set the production car lap record at the Nurburgring with a 6:52.10 time in the new Huracan Performante. That was faster than any production car in history, though it does come with an asterisk. Technically, the Radical SR8 LM is the fastest road-legal car to ever lap the ‘Ring, with a 6:48 lap time. But calling the Radical SR8 LM a production car is a bit of a stretch. Technically, it’s road legal, as it can be registered on UK roads. But it’s barely derivable on the road, if at all, and is produced in such small numbers that it’s not really a production car. So there’s been a lot of arguing about whether or not the Lamborghini Huracan Performante really broke the record. Though, those arguments will now be put to rest as neither car lays claim to the fastest time. That title now goes to the NIO EP9.
If you’ve never heard of the NIO EP9, it’s an all-electric supercar developed by a recent Chinese start-up company. That’s right, a Chinese start-up just beat one of the world’s most famous supercar makers with its first ever car. The EP9 makes an astonishing 1,360 hp from its electric motor and can reach 124 mph in just 7.1 seconds and go on to a top speed of 194. That’s insane for an electric car, especially the first electric car from a young company. What’s even crazier is the fact that the NIO EP9 did a blistering 6:45.9 second lap time around the ‘Ring.
You can watch the video of the lap time from the cockpit of the car and you’ll see there’s no funny business going it. It legitimately did that time and beat out every other production car in history. A lot of it has to do with its insane electric torque, which simply fires it out of corners. But a lot of it also has to do with its ultra low curb weight and impressive chassis engineering. The EP9 dives into corners hard, stays composed and balanced and launches out of corners like a jet being launched off the deck of an aircraft carrier. It’s just near instant acceleration.
It’s sad to see the Huracan Performante’s record broken, as Lamborghini was so proud of it and it was a good moment for the famous Italian automaker. However, it’s impressive to see such a young company developed such an impressive car on its first try. Plus, it’s all-electric, which bodes well for the future of the performance car. Many auto enthusiasts worry about what the future of the automobile will be like, once electric cars take over. Apparently, it will be fast…