The China-based electric vehicle startup NextEV is set to officially unveil its all-electric “hypercar” on November 21st (in London) — meaning that it won’t be that long until we get to take our first official look at the car. The name of the car seems to be Blue Sky.
We got an interesting unofficial glimpse of NextEV’s electric vehicle (EV) pretty recently though, when someone at the Nürburgring race-track in Germany took a short video that appeared to show the company filming its prototype in action.
Some of those reading this will probably say we shouldn’t cover such an obvious media “manipulation” as this recent tweet, but as this is the first official glimpse of the NextEV offering, and NextEV appears to be a very serious startup that we should be keeping an eye on, it seems worth posting.
— NIO U.S. (@NIO_US) November 14, 2016
The important part of all of this is that the offering will be essentially the first production electric vehicle (EV) that’s been designed with the race track in mind. NextEV exec (until his recent death) and former Ford Europe exec Martin Leach previously commented that the model would produce a megawatt (MW) of power — or 1,341 hp.
If the model launches successfully, it should put to rest complaints that some have about EVs not being able to compete over long distances on the race track — this perception is mostly owing to the performance of the Tesla Model S at the track, which, of course, is a car that was designed with everyday use in mind, not use at the race track.
In other words, the NextEV model may very well put another nail in the coffin of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles — by showing that EVs can (or will be able to) outcompete them in the vast majority of situations.