All people loves a great drag race, particularly when there’s a shock winner. Nonetheless, a shock winner often means the automotive within the race that was the underdog wins. How about when a automotive that wasn’t even purported to be within the race, wins?
That is what occurred when YiChe, certainly one of China’s prime automotive publications, lined up a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and a Koenigsegg Agera R on a dusty airport runway for a supercar drag race. The Aventador SVJ is probably the most highly effective Lamborghini that may presently be bought in China, and the Agera R held many land velocity information and has a prime velocity of 273 mph – so this was undoubtedly going to be a battle of the supercar heavyweights.
The Aventador SVJ pulls away from the Agera R off the road and holds the lead, however the Agera R was slowly closing the hole earlier than they crossed the end line, which was 400 meters from the beginning. That is really barely shorter than a correct competitors quarter-mile race, which might be 402 meters.
Nonetheless, what can’t be seen is the digital camera automotive, a NIO EP9, begins off greater than a automotive size behind the 2 supercars and nonetheless passes the main Aventador SVJ with ease, about 4 seconds into the race and continues to show its dominance, simply passing the end line earlier than the 2 automobiles within the race.
Whereas we do not get to see the precise time the EP9 passes the end line, it was significantly quicker than the Aventador SVJ, which clocked in at 12:34 and at 191.2 km/hr (118.8 mph). The Agera R completed almost a second later at 13:17 and at 199.1 km/hr (123.7) however at a better velocity, so it was closing the hole.
The EP9 is claimed to be able to operating the quarter-mile in 10.1 seconds, and by the appears to be like of this video, that appears about proper. I did attain out to NIO representatives once I first noticed the video to ask why the instances on the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and the Koenigsegg Agera R had been considerably slower than what we have seen these autos do on correct tracks – may they be sandbagging?
As soon as you’re taking a second have a look at the video, the reply is evident if you happen to watch carefully. Check out the quantity of mud kicking up behind the autos as they race down the observe. Drag racing in China is not almost as in style as it’s within the US or Europe, and so they’re simply aren’t many correct drag strips to make use of.
YiChe rented an airport runway and a really dusty one at that. The rear-wheel drive Koenigsegg Agera R was at an enormous drawback as a result of each the Aventador SVJ and the NIO EP9 are all-wheel drive.
The EP9’s superior torque-vectoring powertrain with 4 in-wheel motors which have particular person single-ratio transmissions and a tremendous 1,341 hp with 4,366 lb-ft of torque was simply an excessive amount of for the 2 automobiles within the race. Making this the primary time (that we all know of no less than) that the digital camera automotive beat the 2 precise contributors in a drag race.
The EP9 is not any stranger to profitable on the observe. Again in 2017, NIO brought an EP9 to Nürburgring and never solely set a brand new all-electric file, nevertheless it beat the general manufacturing file on the ‘Ring by clocking in at 6 minutes 45.9 seconds. That file has since been overwhelmed by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Collection (6:43.616) and the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ LP770-4 (6:44.97).
The EP9 has additionally set a brand new file for a manufacturing car on the Shanghai Worldwide Circuit, broke the present Electrical Car file at Circuit Paul Ricard with a time of 01:52.78, set a world file for the quickest self-driving automotive throughout an autonomous check drive at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and grew to become the quickest electrical manufacturing automotive to ascend the enduring hill climb on the Goodwood Pageant of Pace within the UK, attaining a time of 44.32 seconds.
We like to see movies of electrical supercars just like the NIO EP9 crush the ICE competitors – or on this case, go away them within the mud. Maintain ’em coming.