On Monday electric vehicle manufacturer NextEV debuted its new NIO EP9 supercar during a special event on London. The electric two-seater packs four electric motors under its sleek bodywork that deliver a monstrous output of 1,341-horsepower – helping it lap, the Nurburgring in a claimed 7:05.12.
That lap time, as noted by Motor1, is faster than many petrol-powered production cars, including the fourth-generation Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR. The old ACR lapped the 12.9-mile track in 7:12.13, making it the seventh fastest production car ever timed at the world famous Green Hell.
Our issue with NextEV’s claim is that it hasn’t been accompanied by a video. It’s an unwritten rule of the Nurburgring that if there’s no onboard video to back up your claim, it doesn’t really count. That’s not to say we don’t believe they’ve done, though. NextEV claims the EP9 pouts down “24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240kph (150 mph),” which is rougly equivalent to 5,395 lbs. Whoa.
We’ll be on standby waiting for NextEV to drop the video of their lap. In the meantime, you can watch the Viper SRT-10 ACR lap the ‘Ring in the video below.