Updated with video: Nio EP9 EV hypercar claims new Nurburgring record

It beat its previous best by over 19 seconds.

Chinese carmaker (and NextEV brand) Nio took its EP9 electric hypercar to the N├╝rburgring Nordschleife last year, and posted an impressive lap time of seven minutes, 5.12 seconds, claiming the title of the world's fastest electric vehicle. Apparently, that wasn't quick enough for Nio, as the car returned to the Green Hell last week to shave off a few seconds. Now, with a new lap time of six minutes, 45.9 seconds, it's the fastest road-legal car around the famous circuit, EV or otherwise.

That's faster than the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, which took the title for fastest production car around the 'Ring earlier this year at six minutes, 52.01 seconds. It's also a couple of seconds better than the barely road-legal Radical SR8LM's six minutes, 48 seconds. At least those runs have video available, and we hope Nio releases its own soon.

The Nio EP9 is no regular consumer car, though. Production is very limited, with only six cars made so far, with a second run to be priced at $1.48 million apiece. The car provides a megawatt of power (1,342 horsepower), with a top speed of 194 miles per hour, and can sprint from 0-124 mph in just 7.1 seconds. Nio claims it can pull three Gs in a corner, and that it achieves 24,000 Newtons (5,395 pounds) of downforce at 149 mph.

The Nio EP9 doesn't need a driver to go fast, either. Back in February, the car clocked an autonomous lap of two minutes, 40.33 seconds at the Circuit of the Americas, with a top speed of 160 mph. A driver was in the car for that run, but Nio says the EP9 completed the lap "Without any intervention."

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