China's NextEV NIO EP9 has not only broken the electric car record around the Nurburgring, but the production car record too.
Yes, it's official. The petrol demise is well and truly in motion and if ever you thought that "electric" was inferior, you must surely now concede. Regularly, electric motors are beating petrol ones and China's NextEV Nio EP9 is the latest fully electric hypercar to embarrass petrol-guzzling Granddads.
It has lapped the Nurburgring in 6m 45.8s, which makes it the fastest production car in the world to do so. That includes cars of all petrol types including that very type that you pay for every day. So, know this next time you fill your tank: Somewhere out there there is more efficient way of propulsion and you my friend are spending more on a horse.
As is stated on Autoexpress.co.uk, "0-62 mph [0-100kph] is achieved in 2.7 seconds making it a little slower off the line than the Tesla Model S P100D, but it will hit a top speed of 194mph [312kph]. The 777 volt powertrain develops 1 Megawatt of power – the equivalent of 1,341bhp [1000kW] - and delivers 1480Nm of torque. It all means the EP9 can do a standing quarter mile in 10.1 seconds, crossing the line at 155mph [249kph]."
It's all very exciting isn't it? It used to be scary - of science fiction - propulsion without soul and feeling and smell. But now it's real. And cool. And we want it! With every passing day, it becomes more and more tangible. There is no doubt now that your grandchild's first car will be an affordable, long lasting and fully electric one, and with hypercars like this to draw from, that can only be a good thing, surely. So, like your great grandfather once did, enjoy the final days of the horse. Because, yes, petrol will, sooner or later, come to an end and eventually, like the horse, enjoyed only as your Sunday hobby.
Such is the relentlessness of evolution and the sad and exciting power of development.