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NextEV unveils new NIO EP9, the world’s fastest electric car

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LONDON, England – Chinese start-up manufacturer NextEV has today unveiled its new NIO brand and the EP9 electric supercar, the world’s fastest electric car.

During a launch event at the famous Saatchi Gallery in London, England, NextEV presented the EP9 to the world for the very first time that recently smashed the lap record for an electric vehicle at the Nordschleife in Germany.

The EP9 features four high-performances inboard motors and four gearboxes, delivering a power equivalent to 1,360 BHP and a 0-200 kph time of just 7.1 seconds. Its top speed is 194 mph.

Testing of the car was carried out at the Nürburgring and Paul Ricard by Formula E drivers Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr., both of whom have been integral to the development of the EP9.

The car showcases the developments being made in electric car technology, as advanced by the Formula E series that NextEV has been involved with from an early phase.

“The NIO EP9 was born to push limits and is the first stage of automotive production for NIO,” NextEV founder and chairman William Li said.

“It is a statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities. It is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles.

“We believe that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone, leading to a more sustainable tomorrow.”

As well as breaking the EV lap record at the Nurburgring, the EP9 did the same at Paul Ricard, beating the previous benchmark of 2:40.000 with a time of 1:52.780.

Production of the car is due to take place in China, with the retail price set to be well north of $1 million. For those on a more limited budget, NextEV is also planning to develop an electric city car in the near future, again enhancing the technology that has gone into both the EP9 and its Formula E racer.

Besides the car launch, the unveiling of the new NIO brand also saw the arrival of a tweaked livery for the NextEV NIO Formula E team.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.