NIO EP9 Breaks Production Car Lap Record at Shanghai International Circuit with Oliver Turvey

The NIO EP9 has set a new record for a production vehicle at the Shanghai International Circuit, achieving a lap time of 2m 01.11s, with NextEV NIO Formula E Team driver Oliver Turvey at the wheel.

The record was set on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the Chinese Formula 1 circuit, with the new benchmark 24 seconds faster than the previous one set by the Mercedes SLS AMG.

The EP9, the world’s fastest electric car, is 3G enabled and delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,360PS. The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph. The EP9 previously set a number of world records at other world-renowned  race tracks:
•    Fastest electric vehicle at the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife (laptime 07:05.12)
•    Fastest electric vehicle at Circuit Paul Ricard (laptime 01:52.78)
•    Fastest production vehicle at Circuit of the Americas (laptime 02:11.30)
•    Fastest autonomous vehicle at Circuit of the Americas (laptime 02:40.33)

Oliver Turvey, NextEV NIO Formula E Team race driver: “It was phenomenal to drive the NIO EP9 around the Shanghai International Circuit. The track has a number of fast flowering corners where you get to feel the huge amount of downforce generated and then, with the long back straight, you get to experience the unbelievable power of 1 MegaWatt! It was a real pleasure to be able to smash the lap record around the Shanghai circuit. I feel very proud and honoured to be able to have set this record for NIO.”

Gérry Hughes, Head Of Performance Programme & Formula E Team Principal, NIO: “The record breaking lap at Shanghai International Circuit  goes to further prove the performance of the EP9. It is collecting records along the way and showcasing the technology. I’m pleased that Oliver was able to significantly reduce the lap benchmark at this circuit and no doubt there are more records to come.”