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The Yangwang U9 EV supercar drove to the Nürburgring: the wheels turned red from the speed

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul3,2024

Yangwang U9 EV supercar drove to the Nürburgring:   the wheels turned red from the speed

Yangwang U9 EV has almost 1300 "horses"/frame from video

BYD has become one of the world's largest automakers by sales volume, primarily selling affordable cars, but it wants to do more. With its premium brand Yangwang, the company wants to start winning over customers from well-known luxury car manufacturers.

And one way to do that is to launch a super-powerful electric supercar. It's called the Yangwang U9, and to prove that BYD is serious, the company brought prototypes to the Nürburgring to test them in action, Insideevs writes.

This will not only help improve the performance of the car on the track, but also enhance the image of the manufacturer, which currently no one associates with luxury or performance, especially outside of China.

This is a smart move by BYD, following in the footsteps of Hyundai, which realized the importance of testing cars on the ring to improve the image of the company. But it's more than just an exercise in image enhancement. The U9 has the technical characteristics that deserve to be honed on Europe's most famous race track; this is a serious sports car.

The U9 looks very quick on the ring. Its test drivers are serious about it in this video posted by CarSpyMedia. The car can be seen shooting out of corners and braking hard, its rotors glowing red hot as it approaches some of the slow corners at the end of the long straights.

Yangwang U9 EV drove to the Nürburgring: watch the video

With four motors, one for each wheel, the Yangwang U9 develops 1,287 horsepowerand 1,239 lb-ft of torque. It's pretty heavy at just under 5,500 pounds, so it can't compete with the likes of the Tesla Model S Plaid or Lucid Air Sapphire, but a 2.36-second 62 mph still makes it one of the fastest cars on the planet.

Rimac Nevera, which has 1,914 hp. from its four engines, is also significantly faster, running the quarter mile in 8.5 seconds versus the Yangwang's 9.87 seconds. However, the U9 is still fast as a supercar, and its quarter-mile time is comparable to that of the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

The price of the Yangwang U9 in China is around $230,000 which is quite affordable considering its insane specs and radical looks – just look at that huge rear fender. It sits on a bespoke EV platform with a tricky suspension that not only eliminates roll when cornering, but can make the car bounce or drive on three wheels like an old Citroen. According to BYD, it can charge with 500 kW, which is enough to charge from 30 to 80% in just 10 minutes.

It is powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour BYD Blade battery pack with LFP chemistry, which should give it a range of 289 miles on the CLTC test cycle. In the real world, this range will be impossible to achieve, as CLTC gives very optimistic figures (even more than European WLTP) and the driver will not refrain from using its power or active suspension, which will drain the battery much faster .

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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