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The folks at NextEV have done it again. Not content with settling for the fastest ever electric vehicle lap of the legendary 12.9-mile (20.8km) Nürburgring, it has gone one better and set a new production car record. Racing driver Peter Dumbreck lapped the Nordschleife in just 6:45.9 seconds:
It’s important to note that Nio EP9 isn’t going to be built in volume. Just six of the 1,341hp/1MW electric supercars will be built, so you’ll almost certainly never see it on the road—or even at your local track day.
And along with some of the other EV hypercars announced in recent times, some have accused the car of being nothing more than a publicity stunt.
That may indeed be true, but the fact remains that the car got around the Green Hell in under seven minutes.
For context, the outright lap record still belongs to Stefan Bellof, who lapped the track in 6:11.13 back in 1983 behind the wheel of a Porsche 956 race car.
But Dumbreck’s lap is faster than many other Group C cars were able to get around the track, back in the days before it was considered too dangerous for those fearsome race cars.
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