The NIO EP9 dusts the supercar competition – literally.
Everybody loves a good drag race, especially when there is a surprise winner. However, a surprise winner usually means the car in the race that was the underdog wins. How about when a car that wasn’t even supposed to be in the race, wins?
That’s what happened when YiChe, one of China’s top car publications, lined up a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and a Koenigsegg Agera R on a dusty airport runway for a supercar drag race. The Aventador SVJ is the most powerful Lamborghini that can currently be purchased in China, and the Agera R held many land speed records and has a top speed of 273 mph – so this was definitely going to be a battle of the supercar heavyweights.
The Aventador SVJ pulls away from the Agera R off the line and holds the lead, but the Agera R was slowly closing the gap before they crossed the finish line, which was 400 metres from the start. That’s actually slightly shorter than a proper competition quarter-mile race, which would be 402 metres.
However, what cannot be seen is the camera car, a NIO EP9, starts off more than a car length behind the two supercars and still passes the leading Aventador SVJ with ease, about four seconds into the race and continues to demonstrate its dominance, easily passing the finish line before the two cars in the race.
The EP9 is no stranger to winning on the track. Back in 2017, NIO brought an EP9 to Nürburgring and not only set a new all-electric record, but it beat the overall production record at the ‘Ring by clocking in at 6 minutes 45.9 seconds. That record has since been beaten by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (6:43.616) and the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ LP770-4 (6:44.97).
The EP9 has also set a new record for a production vehicle at the Shanghai International Circuit, broke the existing Electric Vehicle record at Circuit Paul Ricard with a time of 01:52.78, set a world record for the fastest self-driving car during an autonomous test drive at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and became the fastest electric production car to ascend the iconic hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, achieving a time of 44.32 seconds.
We love to see videos of electric supercars like the NIO EP9 crush the ICE competition – or in this case, leave them in the dust. Keep ’em coming.