Chinese-backed electric car company NextEV launched a new road car division called NIO at the unveiling of its limited-run 1360bhp hypercar last week.
Called the NIO EP9, the hypercar is a two-seater with four inboard electric motors and gearboxes developed in collaboration with NextEV’s Formula E team. The car’s combined power output equates to one megawatt and enables it to cover 0-62mph in 2.7sec and reach 194mph.
NextEV claims the car has lapped the Nurburgring in 7min 5.12sec, just eight seconds slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder’s time, and produces twice the downforce of a Formula 1 car.
This halo model, of which just six examples will be made, will be preceded by the launch of a mainstream, mass-produced EV for China next year. Details of this are still top secret, but a spokesman said it’s being considered for Europe and US.