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The Nurburgring lap record held by the Radical SR8LM has been broken by the Nio EP9 electric hypercar, which set a time of 6m 45.90sec
Jimi Beckwith
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17 May 2017

The all-electric Nio EP9 hypercar has broken the Nürburgring lap record set in 2009 by the Radical SR8LM.

Setting a time of 6minutes, 45.90seconds, the EP9 broke the Radical's long-standing 'Ring record for a road-legal car by 2.1sec. Radical's time was 6m 48.0sec. 

Nio previously set a lap time of 7:05.12 in October last year - almost 20 seconds slower than its latest record-breaking attempt - but still enough to place it sixth overall, as well as garnering it the accolade of the fastest electric vehicle around the Nordschleife.

It's still almost 35 seconds slower than Stefan Bellof's 1983 lap, which holds the title of fastest ever Nürburgring lap by any car, though.

The EP9 has a power output of one megawatt; the equivalent to 1342bhp, and a top speed of 194mph. The model can reach 62mph in 2.7sec and 124mph in 7.1sec.

In claiming the overall 'Ring record, the Nio has reaffirmed its electric 'Ring record, as well as snatching the four-wheel drive lap record for a road-legal production car. 

Only twenty examples of the EP9 will be made, despite the company having previously capped production at six, at a cost to customers of $1.48million (around £1.15million). 

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13 May 2017
Arent electric cars supposed to be plagued by heavy batteries, cumbersome handling, etc? If Tesla electric exploits weren't enough this thing is certainly the icing on the cake and leaves little if any room for guessing which way the future of motoring is headed.

14 May 2017
It did one fast lap, how many more could it manage at the same pace?

14 May 2017
Perfectly sums up the idiocy of constantly quoting Ring times.

By no definition is a road car designed to do one lap (and one lap only) as fast as possible around a race track.

Do you judge an oven by how hot it is? A television by how big it is? A watch by how accurate it is? Clothes by how warm they keep you? A hi-fi by how loud it is? Bread by how full it makes you?

I cannot think of another type of product so unquestioningly judged by such an irrelevent measure. But Autocar doesn't seem to realise that by allowing things to be judged by a simple number is to negate the point and value of journalism, and so the point of Autocar.

14 May 2017
Considering Radicals time was done in 2009, I don't see why Radical with a major upgrade won't be able to take the crown back. Nowadays 450bhp can be done with a 2ltr so bumping the 450bhp up to 550bhp shouldn't be a problem. Personally I would stick a Mclaren M380T engine in the back of the Radical and go for the overall lap record.

17 May 2017

Personally I would stick a Mclaren M380T engine in the back of the Radical and go for the overall lap record.

I like the way you think!

14 May 2017
If they can be bothered I am sure Radical could do it,maybe there strapped for cash?,any backers out there?

17 May 2017
Or was it a high revving sewing machine in hyper drive. Call me old fashioned but WTF is that noise. Simply doesn't make hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Was there Robot driving using next generation Sat-navigation to get perfect apex and 3G mapping of terrain!

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