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Watch The Nio EP9 Smash the Nurburgring Record for EVs

The world’s fastest EV around the ’Ring is only 13 seconds slower than the Huracan Performante!

The EV craze has unearthed several startup automakers claiming to develop the best high-performance vehicle in recent years. However, most of them failed to deliver anything beyond a prototype, while those that did weren’t that impressive. NextEV is an exception from this unfortunate rule, with its Nio EP9 set to go into production soon with amazing specs. What’s more, the electric hypercar has already set a new record for EVs at the Nurburgring track.

And, the Chinese firm has just released the video!

Packing 1,341 horsepower and a staggering 4,671 pound-feet of torque, the Nio EP9 lapped the "Green Hell" in only 7:05.12 minutes, setting a new record for electric cars. Definitely not surprising given the outrageous output, but the fact that the Nio EP9 is only 13 seconds slower than the quickest production model at the ’Ring is damn impressive. Not to mention that it’s 17 seconds quicker than the previous record holder for EVs, the Toyota TMG EV P002. And yes, I’m talking about a race car!

Getting back to how awesome the Nio EP9 really is, only three gasoline production models were quicker on the ’Ring: the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Lambo Aventador SuperVeloce. The Radicall SR8LM and SR8 are also quicker, but both are track-only vehicles. The Nio EP9 lapped the German track quicker than cars like the Nissan GT-R Nismo, Mercedes-AMG GT R, Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR, and Ferrari 488 GTB, among other spectacular production models.

Pretty impressive right?

Granted, it’s not as exciting as a conventional car when it comes to engine note, but I’m willing to look past the whining and swooshing for the performance. Hit "play" to watch the video.

Should Automakers Put So Much Stock On The Nurburgring Lap Record?

It’s not just about fast lap times, people

The Nurburgring lap time record has been in the headlines recently now that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante has officially set the lap record around the track with a lap time of 6:52.01. That said, the achievement didn’t come without any controversy as a handful of people questioned the legitimacy of the lap record, which prompted a response from Lamborghini itself. This exchange leads me to this question: should automakers really put that much importance on the Nurburgring lap record?

There’s no doubt that it’s a tricky question to answer, in large part because a lot of the cars that make a run at the record are of the power and performance persuasions. Being the fastest around the Green Hell is proof of the car’s capabilities and, in some cases, it becomes a huge selling point in trying to literally sell the car to the consumers. Heck, even James Glickenhaus has gone out and proposed an actual competition to determine which car really is the fastest around the track, presumably doing so on claims that his new SCG 003S track car can lap the world famous track in just 6:30 and change. On these counts, the importance of the Nurburgring lap record is self-evident.

But are automakers putting too much importance on it and sacrificing other things about their cars just so these cars can claim to being the fastest around the track?

I can tell you personally that there are longer stretches of roads where these cars drive on when they’re not in the Nurburgring, so in those cases where power and performance take a back seat to handling and comfort, that Nurburgring lap time does not matter. And, for all the pomp and circumstance attributed to these record laps, automakers should be just as wary about making sure that these cars are as fun to drive on public roads.

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James Glickenhaus’ Idea Of A Nürburgring Lap Time Competition Is Never Happening

It’s a good idea though, but don’t expect automakers to bite

Say what you will about James Glickenhaus’ braggadocious tendencies, but the man is good for some headlines. He was confident enough to launch his own car company. He was confident enough to compete at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. And he’s confident enough to call his own shot at the production car lap record at the Nürburgring. Yes, the same man who recently unveiled the intense SCG 003S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show believes that his newest creation can lap the Green Hell in just 6:30, which would be 27 seconds faster than the current record-holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Glickenhaus is apparently so confident in his road-going SCG 003S that he told Car and Driver in Geneva his intention to create a competition at the iconic German racing circuit to determine, once and for all, which production car is the fastest around the track. Not stopping at simply proposing the competition, the man behind the P4/5 also wants the competition to be held immediately after the qualifying stage of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring with the added caveats that automakers who participate in it are required drive the cars from Cologne to the Nürburgring using only a single set of tires and then using the same set of tires during the competition.

He does admit that it would be too late to hold the competition this year since the 24 Hours of Nürburgring is scheduled to begin on May 25. But if other automakers get on board and Nürburgring authorities give the green light, Glickenhaus believes that the competition could have its inaugural run in 2018.

The proposal is interesting, but don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, even if Glickenhaus champions it to the high heavens. Between getting automakers to agree on participating and having the blessing of track officials, there are a lot of holes that Glickenhaus needs to jump through before it can even get people to take his proposal seriously. Then again, he might just be doing all of this because he has a car he thinks can win the whole thing.

Whatever the case may be, this is as good an example of how the mind of James Glickenhaus works. He may not say the right things all the time, but when he does say something, people tend to listen, no matter how strange his statements may be.

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Lamborghini Smashes Nurburgring Record, Puts Porsche 918 Hybrid to Shame

The upcoming Huracan Performance is amazingly fast!

When Trump was elected president of the U.S., I had a bit of a shock when I woke up to the news the next morning. And, Lamborghini setting a new production car record on the ’Ring is of similar magnitude. Because the upcoming Huracan Performante not only lapped the "Green Hell" quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder, a high-profile supercar, it did so no fewer than five seconds faster.

Specifically, the Huracan Performance needed only 6:52.01 minutes to go around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, smashing the 918 Spyder’s 6:57-minute from 2013. Although the record was announced on March 1, 2017, the run actually took place on October 5, 2016 with Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli.

“This was an incredible and emotional moment,” says company CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Together with Maurizio Reggiani we agreed during the car’s development that with the technical and performance prowess of the Huracán Performante, not only was a sub seven-minute lap at the Nordschleife possible, but the lap record too. We wanted to achieve the Nurburgring victory in advance of the Performante’s launch, which was a challenge in terms of weather and availability of the Nordschleife. Not only did we take the lap record, we took it by some seconds!"

Making Lambo’s run that more spectacular is the fact that the Huracan Performance was quicker than the Radical SR8, which lapped the ’Ring in 6:56.08 minutes. Although the SR8 isn’t exactly a production model, its lap is often listed together with production models, as is the Radical SR8LM’s incredible benchmark of 6:48 minutes. The Huracan Performance is the first Lamborghini to outrun a Radical since 2005!

Since the Huracan Performante won’t be unveiled until the Geneva Motor Show next week, we don’t know much about what makes it so quick. However, Lambo did say that the record was established through innovative aerodynamics, lightweight engineering, a revised engine, and a dedicated setup for track performance. Stay tuned for updates from Geneva.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S

That’s how you smash a lap record, even if it’s one that was previously held by your little brother

There are records that are broken by the skin of its teeth and there are records that are broken through utter annihilation. The latter scenario played out spectacularly prior to the Bathurst 12 Hours race over the weekend when the Mercedes-AMG GT R obliterated the lap record around Australia’s most famous race circuit when it posted a scintillating time of 2:16.5 to claim the record. To put that time in perspective, the AMG GT R’s new lap record was almost nine seconds quicker than the previous record held by, coincidentally enough, the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

To make the AMG GT R’s lap time more impressive, it managed to lap Bathurst with a time that’s only about 10 seconds slower than a V8 Supercar. Just as important, the range-topping AMG GT’s lap time only ended up being around 15 seconds off the pace of the track’s outright lap record of 2:01.567 that was set by the McLaren 650S GT3 race car back in February 2016.

Five-time Deutsche Touringwagen Masters (DTM) champion and Mercedes factory driver Bernd Schneider piloted the AMG GT R around the track and if not for some traffic around the track, Schneider could have posted an even quicker time that the one he set the record with. That could’ve really put the production lap record in Bathurst well out of reach for future performance cars. Then again, it’s hard to be surprised about the AMG GT R’s overall potency. This is, after all, the same car that went around the Nurburgring, arguably the world’s most famous race track, in just 7:10.92, good enough to place fourth overall, trailing only the Porsche 918 Spyder (the current record holder), the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce, and the Nissan GT-R. That’s elite company right there.

For now though, the AMG GT R holds the production lap record at Bathurst. That in itself is an achievement that’s worth its weight in the record books.

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There once was a time when the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR reigned supreme at the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7:12.13. A number of cars have since eclipsed the Viper ACR’s lap time but there is belief within Viper circles that the 645-horsepower, 2016 Viper ACR could make a serious run at the Porsche 918 Spyder’s existing record of 6:57:00. Unfortunately, Dodge doesn’t appear to be interested in bringing the sports car back to the ‘Ring, so a group of Viper owners is taking the matter into its own hands with plans to raise enough money to send the 2016 Viper ACR to the Nürburgring.

The Viper Owners Association is the group behind this initiative and it’s dead serious about its goal of seeing the new Viper ACR take a crack at the 918 Spyder’s production car lap record in one of the world’s most famous race tracks. The group even set up a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $159,000 to send two Viper ACRs to the ‘Ring and cover other costs like track rental, driver payments, and the shipping of the actual cars to Germany.

It’s an admittedly ambitious goal, but to the group’s credit, the campaign is off to a promising start. As I’m writing this, the campaign has already raised $51,630 from 102 people in over six days. There’s still a little over $100,000 before the campaign reaches its financial goal, but at least it won’t have to worry about actually getting the Viper ACRs since Texas-based dealer Viper Exchange has already agreed to supply two Viper ACRs for the Nürburgring attempt at no cost to the campaign.

Only time will tell if the “Take Back The Ring Record” campaign is successful, but as someone who appreciates automotive passion in all its authenticity, I’m rooting for the people behind the movement to get to where they need to go, which in this case, would be the Nürburgring.

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With the automotive market being so competitive these days, manufacturers are bending over backward to do everything they can to generate just a little bit of extra consumer interest in the vehicles they produce. One prime example of this is pushing to break or set various records. And, I’m not just talking about speed records for production cars either – for the record, that’s still held by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport at 258 mph – but other weird records too. Just recently, a new record for the first “blind” J-turn was set by stuntman Paul Swift in a Nissan Juke.

So what’s a “blind” J-turn? Well, that’s a J-turn that takes place using only the onboard camera for a line of site. All windows were completely blacked out, leaving Swift with only the small infotainment display to see where he was going. He managed to execute a complete J-turn in between two lines that were just 18 cm wider than the length of the Juke itself. Of course, it didn’t happen on the first try, but he did eventually pull it off.

When speaking of the maneuver, Swift said, "Looking at the 360-degree view on the dashboard screen – rather than over my shoulder through the rear window – was strange at first, but I quickly adjusted. The AVM cameras gave me a clear view of the track, so I was confident of staying within the lines."

The stunt took place at Nissan’s Manufacturing plant in Sunderland. And, for the record, this isn’t the only record now held by the Juke. It also holds the record for the fastest mile on two wheels. Nissan seems to think that the completion of this stunt is a demonstration of its brand promise (innovation that excites,) but what do you think? Is it cool or just another way to advertise the funky little Juke?

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Life can be a little boring when you already own the front-wheel drive lap record at the Nürburgring. So when you’re at the top, the only way you can go a little higher is when you take a stab at your own record. Lo and behold, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S did just that when it went back to the ‘Ring to upend its own record.

Taking full advantage of ideal weather conditions (46°F) back in late October, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S put in a scintillating lap time of 7:47.19, eclipsing its previous record of 7:49.21 by more than two seconds. Not only did it smash its own record, but it also extended its lead over the Honda Civic Type R, which held the record with a lap time of 7:50.63 before the Golf ran roughshod over it during its initial run at the Green Hell. Do some calculations and the Golf GTI Clubsport S’ new lap record is 3.44 seconds faster than the Civic Type R.

The new lap time is made more impressive when you line it up against the overall lap times around the 13-mile race track. With this lap time, the Golf GTI Clubsport S positions itself between the Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 and the BMW M3 GTS, two performance cars that know their own business around the Nürburgring.

At the very least, the VW hot hatch just made it a lot more difficult for other front-wheel drive cars to break its new lap record. Not that it would’ve been easy to do with the old record, but now, the German automaker can take comfort knowing that it’s lap record is going to be as safe as can get, at least for the time being.

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Nio EP9 Sets EV Lap Record At The Nurburgring

It also took down the lap record for an electric car at the Paul Ricard circuit

In case people start getting confused which startup automaker is building which performance electric car, I’d like all of you to put you attention on NextEV and its Nio EP9 electric hypercar. The car’s specs alone are worth headlines since it packs 1,341 horsepower and a staggering 4,671 pound-feet of torque, but the Nio EP9 didn’t make today’s headlines because of that. It made the headlines because it used all of that power to record a 7:05.12-minute lap time around the Nurburgring, becoming the fastest ever electric car to navigate around the 12.9-mile race track.

To put that in perspective, the Nio EP9’s lap time puts it fifth overall among street-legal, production cars, outpacing the Nissan GT-R Nismo by over three seconds. To be clear though, the EP9 is not yet an actual production car so the GTR’s lap time of 7:08.69 can still sit pretty in that fifth place spot. But rest assured, the pace that the EP9 exhibited as it ran roughshod over the ‘Ring points to what the hypercar is fully capable of when it’s unleashed with no restrictions.

At the very least, it’s slowly piling up record lap times in some of the world’s most famous racing tracks, including the Paul Ricard circuit in Marseille, France, where it set a lap time of 1:52.78, a record for an electric car at the world famous circuit.

Beyond it’s obnoxiously high output — it technically generates 1 megawatt of power, same as the Koenigsegg One:1 — the EP9 can also generate a mind-boggling 17,701 pound-feet of torque of downforce when it’s doing 149 mph, which, according to NextEV, is two times the amount of downforce generated by a Formula One race car. All together, the electric hypercar is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in just 7.1 seconds, to go with a top speed of 195 mph. The last figure is a bit of letdown compared to some of today’s supercars, but considering everything else that it can do, I doubt people will be upset that it can’t break 200 mph, especially when they realize just how legitimately scary that feeling would be for a car that can pull out that much torque out of its four electric motors.

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No Nürburgring Record Attempt For Hyundai i30 N

Hot hachbacks focus will be on "driver experience" instead of outright power and performance

Anytime a new hot hatchback makes the headlines, a lot of people inevitably expect it to make a run at the Nürburgring to see if it has what it takes to crack the record set by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S when it blitzed the race track in 7:49.21 back in May 2016. The Golf’s lap time was 1.4 seconds faster than the Honda Civic Type R’s lap time of 7:50.63 so now that it holds the lap record for a front-wheel-drive car, everyone wants to know which FWD is going to unseat it. This brings us to Hyundai’s upcoming i30 N, a car that we just saw in preview form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the i30 N, but Hyundai doused some of that buzz when it announced that it had no plans of trooping to the ‘Ring to break the front-wheel drive record for production cars that’s currently held by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S.

Sorry, folks, but if you were looking for the i30 N to test itself around the ‘Ring like most hot hatchbacks have done recently, Hyundai U.K. CEO Tony Whitehorn has said that it’s not going to happen. Speaking with Autocar, Whitehorn said that instead of putting time and resources on setting a Nürburgring lap time record, Hyundai Hyundai has a bigger and more important goal for the i30 N. "It’s got to be a halo vehicle," he said. “Our brand has moved from being a budget brand to a mainstream one. What we now need to do is add personality. N is the brand to do it with, and now is the right time to do it."

While he didn’t specifically say that the Nürburgring lap record was a no-go, a Hyundai spokesman did tell Autocar that Hyundai’s main focus for the i30 N is to give it the best “driver experience” out of all the performance hatchbacks in the segment, even if it comes at the expense of the kind of outright performance necessary to beat out the Golf GTI Clubsport S.

It’s an interesting stance to make considering that the i30 N can trace its development roots to the Nürburgring; it was essentially born and bred there. That said, it’s base form only packs around 260 horsepower; that number falls dramatically short of the 306-horsepower Golf GTI Clubsport S so even if it did try to set a Nürburgring lap time, it’s unlikely to be able to beat out the time of the hardcore Golf hot hatch, let alone the Honda Civic Type R’s own lap time. Hyundai did confirm that the i30 N will get a more hardcore variant in the near future, so that could be better equipped to make a run at the lap time set by the Golf GT Clubsport S, right?

Well, not really, because all signs point to that model, likely to be called the i30 N Plus, getting fitted with all-wheel drive, thus making it ineligible to take a shot at the Volkswagen’s record.

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Source: Autocar

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