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Nio EP9 EV sets its own Goodwood record

The Volkswagen I.D. R wasn’t the only electric vehicle to set a record at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Chinese startup Nio showed up with its all-electric EP9, piloted by Peter Dumbreck, for the supercar shootout, and the car made a splash of its own, with a hill climb time of just 44.61 seconds.

While it’s not as quick as the Volkswagen, Nio’s sprint makes it the fastest road-legal car on this course, beating, as Motor Authority notes, the McLaren P1 LM‘s time of 47.07 seconds in 2016. The only modification on the Nio EP9: a set of racing slicks.

This isn’t the first record set by the Chinese electric hypercar. Last year, the Nio EP9 set a record at the Nürburgring, lapping it in just 6:45.90. It’s still the fastest EV at the ‘Ring, and only a small handful of road-legal and race cars have ever done better.

With 1,342 horsepower, a top speed of 194 miles per hour, and can sprint from 0-124 mph in just 7.1 seconds, the EP9 is a beast. It’s priced like it, too, at nearly $1.5 million and a very limited production run. The car is also fast without a human driver controlling it, circling Circuit of the Americas in 2:40.33 with a top speed of 160 mph.

For those who want the Nio name without the crazy price, the company has begun delivering its ES8 electric crossover in China. It’s a bit more reasonable with 644 horsepower and a price tag of about $68,000.

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Nio will run its EP9 electric supercar at Goodwood Hillclimb

Chinese electric carmaker and NextEV brand Nio says it will show its Performance Program vehicles for the first time in Europe, including entering its EP9 electric hypercar in the hillclimb challenge during the Festival of Speed at Goodwood next month in England.

Scottish race driver Peter Dumbreck will helm the EP9 in the Goodwood Hillclimb challenge after breaking the lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife last year. Nio also plans to display a new EP9 chassis and its Nio 004 Formula E Gen2 car during the festival, which takes place July 12-15.

The EP9, first unveiled in 2016, boasts a megawatt of power, or 1,360 horsepower, with four electric motors, four gearboxes, a 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. The EP9 also set a record for fastest autonomous car last year in Texas.

“Whilst we have competed in the FIA Formula E Championship since its inception and have showcased NIO’s single-seater EV technology through fierce competition on the world’s city streets, this will be the first time that anyone has seen the Nio EP9 Supercar run in anger,” Gerry Hughes, head of Nio’s performance program and Formula E team principal, said in a release.

In last year unveiled its EVE concept as a volume sales model at SXSW in Austin. It also launched the ES8, a 644 hp seven-seat crossover, late last year in China.

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Viper fans are at the Nurburgring to reclaim production-car speed record

With the outgoing generation of the Viper, Dodge missed a fabulous opportunity to set another Nürburgring lap record. The company did it, twice, with the previous-generation Viper ACR, but never went back with the latest ACR, and it definitely won’t now that the car is being discontinued. This is why a group of Viper fans began fundraising back in January to take ACRs to the ‘Ring for one more shot at glory. And, right now, that group is in Germany preparing for the attempt.

The team made it thanks to support from GoFundMe donors, and sponsorship from Kumho Tires and Prefix, a design and prototype company based in Michigan. They’re using two Viper ACR GTS-R commemorative-edition cars, which are appropriate for competing track cars since they have the same white-with-blue-stripes color scheme as Dodge’s old Viper GTS-R racecars. The cars are supplied from ViperExchange and BJ Motors and equipped with Kumho Ecsta V720 tires.

According to the group’s Facebook page, the team has been practicing since Wednesday, July 19. A video posted today highlighted that the only mechanical issue so far has been an overheating problem that was solved with a new thermostat. Each car is running a different suspension setup for practice – one soft, the other hard – and they’ll adjust them as needed. The plan is that both cars will use the same setup on the record attempt. To claim the record without any argument will require beating the 6:45.9 time set by the Nio EP9 electric car. Right behind it is the Radical SR8LM, which is technically street-legal, but not really a street car. It set a time of 6:48. As for true street cars with gasoline engines, the target the Viper team will really want to beat is the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, which pulled off a time of 6:52. You can track the team’s progress at its Facebook page.

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NextEV’s crazy electric supercar just went 160 mph without a driver

Unveiled late last year, NextEV’s ambitious NIO EP9 electric supercar has been setting some impressive laptimes. The manufacturer says the EP9 is the fastest electric car in the world, with a 7:05.12 Nürburgring Nordschleife lap and a 1:52.78 Circuit Paul Ricard lap under its belt. And just days ago, the EP9 left the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin with some new records to frame on the office wall.

On February 23, the EP9 set a COTA production car lap record with a 2.11.30 time. Or, ‘production car’ is what NextEV calls it. In actuality, there have been six units made, each costing $1.2 million and all of them sold only to NextEV investors. Perhaps stretching the limits of what constitutes a production car is what the company wants to do, in addition of breaking lap records.

In any case, the COTA lap in the hands of a driver wasn’t enough, as the supercar also completed a very quick lap autonomously, “without any intervention”. The autonomous lap was timed at two minutes and 40.33 seconds, so a good driver is still half a minute quicker than the EP9 let loose on its own.

The megawatt-producing, 1,342-horsepower EP9 accelerates to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds and it can go all the way to 194 mph. Its COTA top speeds were 170 mph with a driver and 160 mph autonomously. The manufacturer will introduce the supercar for the United States market next month in Austin.

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