The Nio EP9 has smashed the all-time hillclimb record at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
All last weekend, motorheads and car enthusiasts were treated to a rotating cast of classic cars, autonomous vehicles, and even a car that sped up the hill on only two wheels (and no, it wasn’t a motorcycle). There were also quite a few electric race cars, including Volkswagen’s I.D.R Pikes Peak, which obliterated the Pikes Peak hillclimb record just last month.
This month at Goodwood, the I.D.R. had some real competition. It had to contend with Chinese startup Nio and their electric car, the EP9. And while the I.D.R. is a phenomenal electric racer, the EP9 proved to be just a hair slower at Goodwood.
In 2016, the Lanzante McLaren P1 LM set a hillclimb record of 47.07 seconds, then the fastest any car had ever managed to climb Goodwood. This year, the EP9 destroyed that record by nearly two-and-a-half seconds, setting a time of 44.61 seconds.
That record stood for less than a minute as the I.D.R. then came along and posted the fastest time of 43.86 seconds. But the EP9 us a road-legal car, while the I.D.R. is for the track only, so the EP9 now holds the record for the fastest road-legal car at Goodwood.
But just because the EP9 lost at Goodwood, don’t feel too bad. The electric supercar holds several lap records, including the fastest time of Germany’s Nurburgring for an electric car of 6:45.90. Few other supercars, whether gasoline or electric-powered, can boast a faster lap time at the Green Hell.
Four electric motors on each wheel combine to provide the EP9 with 1,342 hp. Zero to 62 mph is done in 2.7 seconds, while 0-124 mph is over in 7.1 seconds. Top speed is 194 mph and is really the only thing holding it back from setting better lap times at larger tracks like the Nurburgring.
Range is also impressive at 265 miles, while charging can be done in an incredible 45 minutes. That’s still longer than anyone would want to spend at a gas station, but it’s better than most electric cars out there.
The price of the EP9 might be holding it back slightly. At $1.2 million, it’s not an electric racecar for everyone. They’re also only making 16 of them, with most of them already sold.