The Nurburgring race circuit is a national monument located in Germany. This track was once hosted major races before the accident of Nikki Lauda in 1976. After that tragedy, the circuit was updated to adjust with the highest safety standards, and nowadays, Nurburgring is mostly used for tourism purpose and automotive testing. Regularly, manufacturers run their petrol and electric based cars here to find out the lap time which can be their selling point. Below are the top 5 all-electric fastest cars around Nurburgring.
5. Audi R8 e-tron – 8:09.09
In 2012, Audi crowned its R9 e-tron prototype the fastest all-electric production car in the Nurburgring race circuit. Its pair of electric engines were powered by a 170 kW lithium-ion battery pack placed behind the driver. This power supply generates a powerful force of 375.5bhp and 604.8lb ft resulted in a remarkable acceleration. It takes only 4.6 seconds to burst from 0 to 62 mph. The speed limiter found in the production car (124mph) was removed to allow this vehicle to reach its top speed of 155mph and broke the record. Up to this day, this car is still one of the all-electric faster cars around Nurburgring.
4. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive – 7:56.23
A year after R8’s fascinating lap time, Mercedes-Benz astonishingly broke the record by more than 12 seconds. This made SLS AMG the first all-electric production car to complete the Nurburgring track in under eight minutes. The vehicle uses 552 kW battery which is channelled through four electric motors that generate 740bhp and 737lb ft. The power makes 3.9 seconds acceleration from 0 to 62 mph possible. In addition, the “AMG Lightweight Performance” and the “AMG Torque Dynamics” also contribute to the car’s top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
3. Toyota TMG EV P002 – 7: 22:329
After the Nurburgring lap time record-breaking with its first EV prototype sports car in 2011, Toyota developed the car’s successor which successfully shatter its predecessor record by over 25 seconds a year later. TMG EV P002 uses 42 kWh lithium-ceramic battery which produces 350 kW power. It is distributed via two electric motors that generate 469 bhp and 900 Nm torque. Such power allows the car to hit 158 mph top speed and join the list of one of the all-electric faster cars around Nurburgring circuit.
2. NextEV NIO EP9 – 6:45.90
In 2016, electric-car startup NIO from China produced this supercar and marked 07:05.00 in the Nurburgring circuit. A year later, they successfully smashed their own record by almost 20 seconds. With electric motors at each wheel, EP9 has 1,341bhp (1,000 kW) and 1480 Nm torque which extensively increase the corner speeds. It has a top speed of 194mph and able to accelerate from 0 to 124 mph only in 7.1 seconds.
1. Volkswagen ID R – 6:05:336
Earlier this year, Volkswagen magnificently beat NIO EP9’s lap record by 40 seconds and placed the top among EV’s fastest cars around Nurburgring circuit. With 500 kW power distributed to each axle, the engine produces 670bhp and 479lb ft of torque.
Despite its almost twice horsepower, EP9 still bent the knee to ID R. The reason for the defeat is the heavy customisation made in ID R. The automaker massively modified the vehicle to maximise its aerodynamics to increase the speed. Moreover, ID R employs the same DRS system from F1 cars for its rear spoiler to optimise the downforce on the straights. Combined, this enables the car to reach the average speed of 128.6 mph in the Nurburgring track.