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Electric car sets new lap record in the “Green Hell”.

 The EP9 boasts a megawatt of power, which is what it takes to set a ‘ring record these days.

“In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9,” said Gerry Hughes, head of performance program and FE team principal, NIO. “In the inclement weather that the Nurburgring Nordschleife is known for, the EP9 completed two laps of the 20.8 kilometer (12.9 mile) ‘Green Hell’, one of which was in 7 minutes, 05.12 seconds, beating the previous EV lap record, making it the fastest electric car in the world. The EP9’s new lap record is 19.22 seconds faster than its previous lap time. This is a fabulous achievement for NIO, and I am very proud of the team that has worked tirelessly to achieve this accolade.”

The two-seater EP9 features four electric motors — one for each wheel — drawing power from a lithium-ion battery that gives it a range of 265 miles, likely quoted for normal, sub-Nurburgring speeds; the company says the battery can be charged in just 45 minutes.

NIO EP9 door

Plan to spend at least $1.48 million on one, assuming you can get it registered in the States. The company plans to get here in 2020 with a lineup of more modestly-priced EVs.

  The price? Plan to spend about $1.48 million if NIO ends up offering them on any grand scale. The EP9 might have captured the road-legal record, but it’s hardly a mass-produced car right now, with just six examples built so far. NIO says it plans to build 10 more, all of which are spoken for.

Despite this show of force, NIO has plans for more modestly priced cars: The company hopes to enter the U.S. in 2020, with a lineup that might include a seven-seater pure-electric SUV; as with the Nurburgring video, we’ll believe it when we see it