World’s fastest electric road car: ‘The acceleration is completely bonkers’

Updated 11:37 AM EDT, Wed May 17, 2017

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NIO EP9 broke Nürburgring lap record

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“Supersonic” is how Nicki Shields, presenter of CNN’s Supercharged show, describes the feeling of traveling in one of the world’s fastest electric cars.

The NIO EP9 set a new lap record holder at the Nürburgring earlier this month, but back in January, Shields got first-hand experience of the supercar’s power during testing at the UK’s Bruntingthorpe Airfield.

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“The acceleration from 0-100 mph is completely bonkers,” Shields told CNN Sport. “I’ve been in a lot of fast cars before but the EP9 is definitely the fastest.”

From a standing start, the EP9 can accelerate to 124 mph (200 kph) in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194 mph (312 kph).

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“The handling was amazing,” added Shields. “You can carry a lot of speed into corners and the acceleration out of them – it just feels supersonic.”

The EP9 set a time of six minutes 45.90 seconds at the 12.9-mile (20.7-kilometer) Nürburgring circuit, breaking the previous record set by a road-legal car – the Radical SR8LM – in 2009.

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The all-time lap record – set by a Porsche 956 – has stood for more than three decades.

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Built for the FIA World Sportscar Championship, the Porsche – piloted by Stefan Bellof – clocked a time of six minutes 11.13 seconds during the 1983 “1000 km of Nürburgring” endurance race.