Not long after setting a world record for the fastest electric car in the world at the Nurburgring, NIO EP9 is back at it, this time setting a record for the fastest autonomous lap ever. The venue for this stunt was Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, and the time 2 minutes 40.33 seconds.
The driver-less NIO EP9 went round COTA at an amazing pace, clocking a top speed of 160 mph. EP9 also beat the fastest lap time for a production car WITH a driver at COTA, clocking 2 minutes 11.30 seconds and reaching a top speed of 170 mph. The reason for this superb performance is four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, delivering 1 megaWatt of power which is around 1,360 PS.
Performance-wise, NIO EP9 has a 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194 miles per hour if you dare push it. Also mind-bending is the recharge time for the interchangeable battery pack, which is just 45 minutes and provides a range of 265 miles on a single charge – although that is definitely not race track range.
Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NIO U.S said, “At NIO, we are all about raising the bar for the entire automotive industry. Breaking records with the NIO EP9 demonstrates our automotive and technology expertise to be a leader in the global market. Our Silicon Valley team brings together the best talent from automotive and software domains, which helped us achieve this remarkable result in an incredibly short time. Our goal is to be the best next generation car company, by delivering autonomous vehicles with amazing experiences for people all over the world. We look forward to sharing our vision for the car of the future in Austin, Texas at SXSW in March.”