It will easily beat a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and a Koenigsegg Agera R but has just yet entered Europe. Did you already know NIO and especially this EP9 EV Hypercar?
This is all thanks to the four electric motors, each driving a wheel. They have an output of 250 kW, combining for 1000 kW or 1360 hp. With that, it can hit 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds. Within 7.1 seconds, the EP9 reaches 200 km/h. Topspeed is 313 km/h. The electric monster weighs a total of 1735 kg, of which 364 kilos are claimed by the battery pack. That makes it possible to cover a good 400 km, provided you manage to keep your right foot in check.
NIO Inc. is a market innovator and dominant player in the Asian market for high-end smart electric vehicles. NIO was established in November 2014, and its goal is to help people live happy lives.
In order to share happiness and develop alongside consumers, NIO wants to create a community that starts with intelligent electric automobiles.
NIO is a strong in the development of next-generation technologies for autonomous driving, digital technologies, electric powertrains, and batteries.
NIO designs, develops, collaboratively manufactures, and distributes premium smart electric vehicles.
Too Fast Camera Car…
In the video attached you see the above-mentioned Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and Koenigsegg Agera R drag racing each other, but who is filming?
Officially, the EP9 EV Hypercar did not even compete against the two European hypercars. The EP9 actually served as a camera car to film the drag race between the Aventador SVJ and Agera R. A smart move, as the bizarre performance of the Chinese car made it a breeze to film the two Europeans while driving from the front.
This was a so-called quarter-mile drag race, a sprint race over 400 meters, in other words. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ took 12.32 seconds to cover that distance, crossing the line with a top speed of 191.2 km/h. The Koenigsegg took 13.17 seconds but was driving much faster at that point: 199.1 km/h. Had the Agera R had a slightly better start, it would have easily beaten the Italian.
However, both cars lost out to the Nio EP9. The time and speed of the Chinese model have not been published, but at the end of the video, it can be seen that the EP9 crosses the finish line much earlier and faster than the other two hypercars, while also starting behind the Lambo and Koenigsegg.
After filming some hypercars, you can then hang the EP9 on the fast charger, but it is also possible to have the battery pack swapped in a few minutes. Yeah, that’s right, Nio is that company that also offers electric SUVs in China and has built so-called swapping stations.
At such a station, owners of a Nio model (for example, the ES6 and ES8) can have a robot replace the car’s battery pack with one that is fully charged. The robot takes a few minutes to unscrew the pack from under the car, roll it to a charging point in the station, grab a charged one and screw it back under the car.
It sounds interesting, and it is. In fact, owners of a Nio can also have a battery with a larger battery capacity fitted in such a station. For instance, the company currently offers packages with a capacity of 70, 84 or 100 kWh. Thanks to subsidies from the Chinese government, it costs customers around $25 to have a battery swapped. The company reported that the service had been used over a million times already. Nio does also plan to build a new generation of swap stations, optimizing and speeding up the process.
The vibrant version you can see here doesn’t run laps at a track. It has a new identity as an artwork vehicle, painted by British artist Ornamental Conifer. The artist’s real name is Nicolai Sclater, and he has a sizable body of work focused on motorsports. One of them is this Nio, which the artist hand-painted with vibrant colors and letters with a graffiti motif. Recently, the car was put up for auction through Bonhams, but the bidding only reached $550,000 without going over the reserve.
This particular car, according to the auction listing, has competed on a number of international racetracks. The EP9 typically has four electric motors installed, one at each wheel, with a total output of over 1,300 horsepower.
The EP9 is quick in a straight line and through turns thanks to that kind of power in a race-inspired design. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds, reach a top speed of 194 mph, and maintain traction with 3gs of downforce.
We say generally fitted because this vehicle’s motors, batteries, and other mechanical parts were taken out before the sale for an unidentified reason. It appears that after becoming an art car, it is now merely a static hypercar for show. However, the auction stipulates that the bidder may request all of the incomplete parts at no additional cost.
Is this hyper-modern hypercar something you would rock, or are you more of a classic kinda racer?
Sources: https://www.motor1.com & https://www.autovisie.nl