With a top speed of more than 190 MPH and the ability to sprint from 0 to 120 MPH in just 7 seconds, the Chinese-built NIO EP9 is a staggering machine. A machine that pushes the envelope of automotive performance– electric or otherwise– every time it heads out onto the track, and that’s seemingly any track, as the car held lap records at the Nürburgring and the Circuit of the Americas. Now, the EP9 is set to break records on a new track: the one in your living room.
NIO is partnering with slot-car makers Carrera to bring a micro-sized EP9 to a toy store near you. Each of the miniaturized EP9s features true-to-life bodywork, working headlights, and– in what may be a first for the slot car hobbyist community– a power train that actually has a lot in common with the real thing. Heck, the toys even kind of sound like the full-scale supercar!
I, for one, think this is a great move. NIO is going to be able to reach a new, young audience that will be able to grow into the brand in a purely positive light in much the same way that the OG Playstation’s Gran Turismo series was able to introduce brands like Spoon, Aston Martin, and Lancia to American car enthusiasts who really hadn’t been exposed to them in other media (automotive or otherwise). Of course– as both an admitted slot car enthusiast and OG Playstation fan— I have to admit that I may be looking at these things through a bit rose-tinted nostalgia, but that’s me. What do you guys think? Check out NIO’s official press release, below, then let us know what you think of all this in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
NIO Launches Three EP9 Slot Cars with Carrera
Shanghai – NIO Life, the lifestyle brand under NIO will unveil three EP9 slot cars together with traditional German slot car brand Carrera. NIO Life will also hold car racing experience events from August 10 to 11 in order to recruit for the NIO racing team for the Carrera Grand Prix to be held in Qingdao from August 22 to 25.
NIO, the first China-based brand to cooperate with Carrera, will launch 3 EP9 electric slot cars in three different styles, namely the debut model, the Nürburgring Nordschleife model and the Circuit of the Americas model.
The EP9 redefines the EV and supercar paradigm as a limited edition 1 megawatt, 3G capable, electric supercar proven to be one of the fastest electric cars in the world. On May 12, 2017, the NIO EP9 broke the existing lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a lap time of 6:45.90. With acceleration from 0-200 kph in 7.1 seconds, the EP9 is designed to push boundaries and set records — a new benchmark in EV design – and is the result of a global collaboration between NIO’s design, software, technology, racing and manufacturing divisions.
The German brand Carrera boasts a half-a-century history and has attracted over 2 million fans across 40+ countries with authentic electric car and race track replicas. As the world’s largest RC car brand, Carrera has established long-term partnerships with top auto brands including Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati and high-level racing events such as F1, DTM, and 24 HEURES DU MANS.
Carrera’s Digital 132 slot car racing model sets, the model jointly-launched by NIO and Carrera, have already been listed by the General Administration of Sport as one of the National Smart Sports Games. From August 10 to 11, NIO will hold car racing experience events in NIO House Shanghai Center to allow users to feel first-hand the speed and excitement of slot car racing. Other NIO Houses nationwide will also host related events.
The top 10 contestants during the racing experience event will have the opportunity to compete for the NIO team in the Carrera Championship in Qingdao held from August 22 to 25. The annual Carrera China Championship is the highest-level competition Carrera holds in China. This year, 300 teams will fight for the championship and the sum total of the prize money will reach RMB 100,000.