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Nio's EP9 is an 1,342-horsepower electric monster

Nio's electric super car uses power and downforce to capture two lap records at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas.

Jon Wong
Jon Wong was a reviews editor for CNET Cars. He test drove and wrote about new cars and oversaw coverage of automotive accessories and garage gear. In his spare time, he enjoys track days, caring for his fleet of old Japanese cars and searching for the next one to add to his garage.
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After netting the Nurburgring electric car lap record, Nio brought the EP9 to Austin, Texas and captured another pair of records.

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The EP9 completed the quickest autonomous lap of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas with a time of 2 minutes and 40.33 seconds.

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Without a driver, the electric supercar reached a top speed of 160 mph.


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The autonomous record at COTA is the result of work done by three Nio engineers stationed at the company's US headquarters in California. Nio says the project took just four months to complete.

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The EP9 also claimed the fastest production car lap record at COTA with a driver when it laid down a blistering 2 minute and 11.30 second time with a top speed of 170 mph.


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With a carbon fiber monocoque chassis as a foundation, the EP9 features four electric motors and four gearboxes to deliver a net system output of 1,342 horsepower.


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The all-wheel-drive electric bullet to hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, blitz the quarter-mile in 10.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 194 mph.

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The EP9's dual lithium ion batteries can be charged in 45 minutes according to Nio for a driving range of up to 265 miles.


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Helping to corral all that power is active suspension system, and lots and lots of downforce that Nio says is twice the amount of a modern Formula One race car enabling the EP9 to pull 2.53 g in corners.


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