Sometimes you see a car do something so incredible that you can’t quite believe what your eyes are telling you. These are moments you never forget; the first time it happened to me was when I saw a Top Fuel dragster launch itself from zero to 300mph at Santa Pod. Almost 20 years later, I still find my jaw dropping a few millimetres at the recollection.
Such moments are rare, but today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed I experienced another, thanks to a lucky break that put me in the right place at the right time - and it could be telling for the future of the car industry.
Heading to an interview for a future Autocar story, I was stood by the Gurney Pavilion, located at the second turn of the course, which leads onto a long straight past Goodwood House, as the Nio EP9 arrived at the corner.
I’ve spent a fair bit of my working life reporting on racing and rally cars, but I don’t think I’ve seen much, perhaps anything, that compares with what happened next. The back of the car sat down, there was a whoosh from the electric motors and a small squeal from the tyres and then the full brunt of the car’s claimed 1360bhp was unleashed.