The EP9, an all-electric hypercar from Chinese company Nio, became the second-fastest electric car to go up the Goodwood Hillclimb. At last weekend’s Festival of Speed, it set a time of 44.32 secs at the hands of Peter Dumbreck.
The time was set at the Festival of Speed’s ‘Final Shoot Out’ and was just bettered by the VW ID R Pikes Peak record-setter, which managed 43.86 secs. Nevertheless, the EP9’s time is still the fifth-fastest time ever on the Goodwood Hillclimb.
Driver Peter Dumbreck said, “When it came to my run in the Shoot Out 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 it didn’t lose me 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. It could have been maybe a tenth or two faster, but I doubt that I would have beaten the Pikes Peak hillclimb car here today, so all in all, we are very happy.”