NIO’s EP9 supercar set a new electric production car record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb as Peter Dumbreck clocked the fifth-quickest overall time in the event’s 25-year history.
The accomplished GT racer scaled the 1.16-mile course in 44.32 seconds near the end of Sunday’s timed shootout, as electric technology finished first and second.
Dumbreck’s final attempt was only 1.3 seconds off the weekend’s winning time set by Romain Dumas in the hillclimb-specific Volkswagen I.D.R Pikes Peak which smashed the outright electric record on Saturday.
The Scot ran progressively quicker throughout the event, first clocking in at 44.61 seconds in ‘qualifying’ before shaving two tenths off that marker in Sunday morning practice.
Equipped with slick racing tires, the NIO then achieved an even better record time in the main shootout, although Dumbreck reckoned the car still had more to give.
“It could have been maybe a tenth or two faster, but I doubt that I would have beaten the Pike’s Peak hillclimb car here today, so all in all, we are happy,” he said.
“When it came to my run in the shootout this afternoon the timing beacon seemed to be down and I had to go back from the line, then go forward and get ready again, so it kind of broke my concentration.
But once I got the signal to go, I was pushing very hard and ran just a little bit wide on turn two. It was very dirty and dusty, but I didn’t lose too much time and I was back hard on the throttle again.
“From there, I think I did my best top half of the hillclimb all weekend and I was able to do my fastest run of the event, so I am really happy.”
NIO’s EP9 was released in 2016 and broke the lap record for a production car at the Nurburgring Nordschleife the following year.
The IWD machine is powered by four electric motors producing a total power output of 1 MW, which is roughly 1,340 horsepower.
NIO team principal Gerry Hughes, who was balancing his time last weekend between Goodwood and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship finale at New York, said the effort “has been worth the reward many times over.”
“The Goodwood Festival of Speed has once again produced a stunning ‘thrills and spills’ automotive extravaganza under the intense heat of the fine British weather,” he said.
“Over the four days, the NIO Performance Programme team members have been in action both on and off the track with Sunday’s final shootout on the hillclimb being the highlight of the event.
“We have set a new benchmark for electric supercars and we will be sure to come back to thrill the crowds again next year.”