15 fastest EVs driving a lap around the Nürburgring

Some are production cars, others only drive on the track, but they are all quiet speed demons.

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Porsche’s new Taycan Turbo GT has just broken a record, becoming the fastest production four-door around the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife – and the second-fastest production EV. Porsche accomplished that feat in 7:07.55, completing the Green Hell faster than the vast majority of cars on sale today, both gasoline and electric.

But it’s not the reigning EV champion. One production car and a few electric race cars and concepts have done it faster. Since 2010, automakers have been taking their performance EVs to the track in hopes of setting a lap record. And as more performance EVs hit the market, expect more record-breaking laps in the coming months and years.

In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of the 15 fastest electric vehicles to ever do this. These cars all have a place in the Nürburgring record books for their fast laps, and some won’t see their records broken anytime soon.

Volkswagen ID.R concept

6:05.3

Before the ID.4, the ID.Buzz and the rest of Volkswagen’s range of electric vehicles, the mad scientists in Wolfsburg cooked up an EV concept the likes of which the world had never seen. The ID.R was a no-holds-barred, battery-powered race car with 671 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque thanks to two electric motors – oh, and it weighed just 2,500 pounds.

In 2019, VW launched the ID.R at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with French racing driver Romain Dumas behind the wheel. The epic run resulted in a record-breaking lap time of 6:05.336, making it the fastest electric car (and one of the fastest cars ever) on the historic track. No production car is faster, and only the Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO race car had a better lap time (5:19.546).

Nio EP9

6:45.9

The Nio EP9 isn’t technically a production car, even though the company built ten of them between 2016 and 2019 and sold them for as much as $3 million each. The track hypercar had four electric motors on each wheel, producing a total power of 1,341 hp and 1,091 Nm of torque, good for a 0 to 100 km/h time of approximately 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 310 km /you.

In 2017, Nio unleashed the EP9 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with British racing driver Peter Dumbreck behind the wheel. Dumbreck set a lap time of 6:45.90, beating the Nio’s former record of 7:05.12 from 2016 (this time with racing tyres), and placing him second behind the then McLaren P1 XP1 LM Prototype, which did so in 6:43.22 . The EV9 is currently fifth on the list of non-production cars and only second in terms of EVs, behind the VW ID.R.

7:05.2

The first real production car on this list is the Rimac Nevera, even though it is a $2.2 million hypercar. Powered by four permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, the Nevera has 1,888 hp and a 0-100 km/h time of 1.7 seconds. It is by definition the fastest car currently on sale.

It’s not quiet on the track either. At the end of 2023, Rimac set a production EV record with the Nevera on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of 7:05.29. Croatian racing driver Martin Kodric was behind the wheel.

7:07.5

The newest entrant on this list (as previously mentioned) is the Taycan Turbo GT, the fastest and most powerful production Porsche ever. With up to 1,092 hp thanks to two electric motors, this Taycan races to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 190. And with the Wiessach package (the first four-door Porsche to get this option) Taycan omits the back seat and adds carbon fiber to keep the hefty EV under 5,000 pounds.

In January, Porsche took a Taycan Turbo GT prototype with the Weissach package to the Nürburgring and recorded a lap time of 7:07.55. With veteran driver Lars Kern behind the wheel, the Turbo GT became the fastest four-door EV on the Ring and the fastest of any four-door production sedan, beating the Jaguar XE Project 8.

Toyota TMG EV-P002

7:22.3

In case the name doesn’t give it away, this isn’t a production Toyota. The TMG EV P002 was a prototype electric racing car produced by Toyota in 2012 with 469 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque. With Jochen Krumbach behind the wheel, Toyota took to the Nürburgring that same year and recorded a fast lap of 7:22.32. Toyota did break the EV lap record at the time, but that was short-lived.

Tesla Model S checked with track package

7:25.2

The rivalry between Porsche and Tesla escalated in 2023. Tesla returned to the Nordschleife two years after its first run with another Model S Plaid, this time equipped with an optional Track package. The Track package added better brakes, a higher top speed limiter and controversial tires. Although the tires were legal in the US, they did not meet European requirements for on-road use, leading some to invalidate the round for a street-legal vehicle.

Any way you look at it, the burly sedan still completed the north loop in 7:25.2. It easily surpassed the Taycan Turbo S and once again claimed the EV production record, but that was short-lived. A few months later, the Rimac would sail into Nevera to effectively end the rivalry between Porsche and Tesla.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S

7:33.3

The second Taycan record attempt at the Nürburgring took place in 2022. Whether Tesla’s 2021 record with the Model S Plaid had anything to do with that is unknown, but Porsche managed to shave almost 10 seconds off the lap who put down the Taycan. Turbo.

At 7:33.3, the Turbo S also beat the Model S Plaid by a few seconds to reclaim the EV record. In addition to the extra power of the Turbo S, the car featured a new performance kit and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control system. These are not aftermarket upgrades, meaning the lap time is official for a series production vehicle.

Tesla Model S window

7:35.5

It wasn’t long after Tesla announced the upgraded Model S Plaid that rumors of a record attempt at the Nürburgring surfaced. The rumors were fueled by sightings of the Model S on the track in 2021, putting the 1,020-horsepower three-motor powertrain to the test.

And the rumors ended up being true. The bulky sedan recorded an official lap time of 7:35.5, which fell short of expectations for a low seven-minute run, but still enough to beat the Taycan Turbo. At least for a while.

Porsche Taycan Turbo

7:42.3

Launched in 2019 for the 2020 model year, the Taycan Turbo is Porsche’s first modern EV. And it’s an impressive debut, with 616 horsepower in normal use or 671 ponies with overboost activated. Porsche quotes a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.0 seconds. And this is the “basic” model Taycan.

Although it is technically the slowest Porsche Taycan at the Nürburgring, it is still quite fast. The carmaker clocked an official time of 7:42.3 in 2019 with a pre-production model, matching the previous generation BMW M4 CS. That’s not bad for a sturdy electric four-door sedan.

Electric raceOver

7:44.8

This one-off electric sports car made a splash at the beginning of 2010. Developed and built in Finland by the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, it first attacked the Nürburgring in 2011 but couldn’t quite break the 8-minute barrier. The group wasn’t done trying yet.

Pumping 400 horsepower out of a quad-motor drivetrain, the team returned in 2015 and Sport Auto ran it for a pretty fast lap of 7:44.8. At the time it was an EV record for a street-legal car, although it was a one-off and obviously could not claim production status.

7:45.5

We didn’t see much from Kia or Hyundai at the Nürburgring, at least in terms of lap times. The South Korean conglomerate has a plethora of electric vehicles for sale now or soon, and the Ioniq 5 N is definitely aimed at performance fans. With up to 641 hp available in short sprints with the N Grin Boost function (N for the Nürburgring, of course), there’s plenty of power to go fast.

The N treatment does not just add strength, as the people from the German publication say Sports car– who completed the round – discovered it. Bigger brakes, lower suspension and sticky tires contributed to an impressive lap time of 7:45.5 with driver Christian Gebhardt behind the wheel.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric

7:56.2

Long before the letters EQ were synonymous with electric Mercedes vehicles, there was the SLS AMG Electric Drive. With gull-wing doors and day glow paint, the supercar was impossible to miss. And when it debuted in 2012, it backed up its good looks with 738 horsepower. A 60.0-kilowatt-hour battery powered four electric motors, sending the 4,700-pound car to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

A timed lap around the Nordschleife followed in 2013, keeping the electric SLS under eight minutes. Unfortunately, the battery only had enough power to complete one lap at full power, and under normal driving conditions the range was just 120 miles. Initially about 100 were planned for production, but only nine were made.

Audi R8 E-Tron

8:09.0

It’s hard to believe that the Audi R8 E-Tron debuted 15 years ago. At the time, it was a pre-production supercar best known for its appearance in the Iron Man film franchise. But it wasn’t just a pretty sight, it used a dual-motor powertrain and a 49.0 kilowatt-hour battery that generated 376 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque. That doesn’t sound like much these days, but in 2012 it was enough to give the R8 E-Tron the EV Nordschleife record with a lap time of 8:09.

The R8 E-Tron became a real production car in 2015, but the production run was short-lived. Fewer than 100 were ultimately built before Audi pulled the plug just a year later, leaving room for other E-Tron models. Ironically, none of them made official lap attempts at the Nürburgring.

Peugeot EX1 concept

9:01.34

Peugeot was a player in the early days of the modern EV era with the EX1 concept. Unlike concepts from Audi or Porsche, Peugeot had no illusions about sending this to production. A small two-seater with an open cockpit, it relied on a lightweight design with a twin-motor powertrain generating just 335 horsepower.

In 2011, that was enough for Peugeot to claim a Nürburgring record for electric vehicles. The lap time of 9:01.34 was far from competitive in the combustion segment, but exceeded the lap of the 2010 Mini E by almost a full minute.

Mini E

9:52.0

In the infancy of electrification, Mini debuted the E prototype: a gas-converted Cooper rated at a modest 201 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Skunkworks project eventually led to the production BMW i3, but not before taking a lap around the Ring.

In 2010, Thomas Jagr completed a lap of the Nordschleife behind the wheel of the Mini E Racer in 9:52. It was the first EV ever to complete a timed lap of the Nürburgring, and while it no longer holds records these days, a time of under 10 minutes was still impressive for a young technology.

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