How can China build its own supercar? 1.68 million people looked up to U9 and gave an answer

Regarding the fact that the Chinese build their own supercars, we always have mixed feelings, with both expectations and fears.

What we look forward to is that we hope that a car company can take off the crown jewel of the automobile industry. The car logo that flies by is not always an ox or a horse, but can also be our own totem; what we are afraid of is that the road to car manufacturing is rugged and difficult to build. The road to a sports car is even more bumpy, and building a supercar is like conquering Loulan or climbing a cliff. It is extremely difficult to succeed, and it is even easier to lose both your reputation and your reputation.

Looking up to U9, another kind of supercar logic

Even though automobile energy has shifted from fuel to electric energy, and power has shifted from internal combustion engines to electric motors, and the starting line for new energy vehicle manufacturing has been redrawn, building supercars has not become easier.

▲ Qiantu K50

We used to naively think that supercars are a kind of design, and if they look like that, they can be fooled. This kind of thinking started with Geely Beauty Leopard, and even extended all the way to the early tram era, so that there were Zero Pao S01 and other zero-hundred cars. The electric coupe can accelerate up to 6.9 seconds, and the Qiantu K50 looks very intimidating but has an actual top speed of only 200km/h.

Later, we thought that supercars should accelerate from 0 to 100 mph faster. Isn’t that what we are good at building electric cars? If one motor is not enough, I will use two. If two motors are not enough, I will make three. In any case, great power will work wonders. As long as there are more motors, I will be a supercar.

Only later did we admit that supercars are a systematic project. They are not just an exterior design style, nor a competition for engine horsepower. They also test aerodynamics, chassis, cornering control and braking, as well as lightweight body technology. wait wait wait.

The U9 is not the first electric supercar, nor is it the most expensive electric supercar. But for Chinese companies to build their own supercars, the 1.68 million yuan U9 provides a unique path, a path that is completely different from that of fuel-powered supercars. , even as far as electric supercars are concerned, it is unique enough.

Although there are very few electric supercars that deserve the title, there are many cases for reference so far.

▲ Rimac Nevera electric supercar and its performance parameters

The king of this field is not obvious. Rimac, an electric supercar manufacturer headquartered in Croatia (Porsche, Hyundai Kia, SoftBank is its investor and partner) has built the most violent electric machine on the planet: Rimac Nevera .

Four motors provide this electric supercar with 1914 horsepower. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 1.81 seconds, accelerates from 0-300 km/h in 9.22 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 412 km/h.

Of course, it's also priced at the price of a top-end supercar: starting at $2.2 million.

In addition to this low-key king, although the future product Roadster from Tesla is still far away from official delivery, in terms of reputation, it may be the most well-known electric supercar in the industry.

▲ Tesla Roadster and its performance parameters

Judging from the current news released by Tesla, the Roadster is slightly inferior to the Rimac Nevera in terms of acceleration and speed performance, but the 1,000km battery life and the actual price that may only be more than 1 million show that the Roadster is very practical and cost-effective. .

▲ NIO EP9

NIO, the representative of new forces led by Wei Xiaoli, its first model is actually an electric supercar: NIO EP9. As a model that is almost not mass-produced, the EP9 was already powerful enough when it came out in early 2016. , four motors provide 1,360 horsepower, accelerate from zero to zero in 2.7 seconds, and have a top speed of 350km/h. With the help of the NIO Electric Formula Team, EP9 maintains multiple track records.

Although NIO EP9 has been produced, has been put on the track, and has a price tag of 9.96 million yuan, in fact, consumers cannot buy it even if they have money. The few NIO EP9s have only been delivered to NIO’s early investors. , such as Lei Jun, Ma Huateng and Liu Qiangdong.

Of course, in addition to these, we have other options, such as the supercar SSR produced by Haopin, a high-end brand of GAC Aian, with three motors, over a thousand horsepower, acceleration from zero to 0-100 in 2 seconds, an aluminum alloy frame and a carbon fiber body. The exterior design is also remarkable, and the price starts at only 1.28 million, which is considered a cost-effective choice among electric supercars, but the production capacity is very low.

There is also the Lotus Evija pure electric supercar overseas, which competes with the Rimac Nevera in terms of performance and price.

Basically, the electric supercars that we can name today are quite far away from us. They are either too expensive, or they are still futures, or they cannot be mass-produced, or they cannot go on urban roads, or they cannot go to the basement.

In short, the speed and passion of electric supercars are even further away from us than fuel supercars, and are more like a cautious attempt.

BYD's U9 is not an absolute performance monster like the Rimac Nevera, nor is it a two-in-one futures and bounce product like the Tesla Roadster, but the electric supercar closest to ordinary people.

It is not a ground-hugging flying machine that can only run laps on the track, nor is it just a copy of the appearance of a sports car, nor is it a purely mechanical handicraft that is conservative and full of craftsmanship.

As the title says, looking up to U9 is actually a reasonable answer for Chinese companies to build supercars.

▲ Yunnan-X technology allows U9 to dance and jump in place

It can be raced and played on the street, which is the distinct positioning of U9. It can not only go on the track, but also perform street performance, balance top-speed control and daily driving, and develop a purely playful "Dance Mode" based on Yunnan-X technology. "And so on, intelligence and intelligent driving functions are also superimposed.

Just as we are still worried about whether the U8, which sells for more than one million yuan, will face dual challenges in recognition and sales in the hard-core luxury off-road market, it has already stably delivered 1,500 units per month, and will be among the top 1.5 million luxury SUVs in 2023. The annual sales volume of the Range Rover is almost the same as that of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, which sells at a similar price.

Therefore, even if there are no competing products or references for U9, we can still give confidence to U9 based on the staged success of U8.

Unique answers and rich and diverse solutions

Why is it that the U9 can be played on the street, and why can it take into account the comfort of daily driving, become a commuter car, and can also dance and jump?

Why do you think U9 is not partial to intelligence and smart driving?

Why look at U7 and see that U8 and U9 are completely different but similar in spirit?

The most fundamental question is, why does BYD look up to this high-end brand?

If looking up to U9 is an answer to the question of how Chinese companies build supercars, then what are the answers to the many questions above?

▲ Look up to the Yi Sifang technology equipped with U9

Looking up to the architecture, especially the two technologies of Yi Sifang and Yun Nian, are the answers to these questions.

The difference between U9 and Rimac Nevera is here. U9 is the product of U9 architecture and a combination of technologies. It is not isolated and has traces to follow.

▲ Easy Sifang power system, each wheel corresponds to an independent motor

The Yangwang architecture is BYD's exclusive architecture for high-end new energy vehicles. It includes 6 technical modules, namely power system (Yisifang), chassis system (Yunnan), battery technology (blade battery), super body technology, intelligent driving, Smart cockpit. The combination of these technologies is a specific product that matches consumer needs.

When looking at the U9, Yi Sifang determines its speed and stability, and Yunnan-X determines its posture, comfort and passability.

Twenty years ago in 2004, BYD released the ET pure electric concept car at the Beijing Auto Show. Its biggest technical highlight was the use of four motors to independently drive the four wheels of the vehicle. This was the earliest prototype of Yi Sifang's technology.

Compared with the powertrain output of fuel vehicles and then transmitted to the wheels, as well as the single motor, dual motor or three motor solutions of new energy, Yi Sifang's four-wheel motors are independently driven and controlled, which not only eliminates the traditional transmission structure , can also achieve faster response, higher efficiency and power, and all four wheels can achieve individually controlled driving, braking, forward, backward and other actions.

Looking specifically at the U9's Yi Sifang technology, the four motors can provide power performance that surpasses the V12 engine: the maximum horsepower exceeds 1300Ps, the maximum torque is 1680N·m, and the peak power reaches 960KW.

This lays the foundation for the performance of U9, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in 2.36 seconds and reach a top speed of 309.19km/h.

But for electric supercars, straight-line acceleration has never been a problem. The control when cornering is what needs to be strengthened. Looking up at the Yi Sifang on the U9, it can independently allocate the best torque to each wheel. At the moment of cornering, Maximize the use of ground adhesion to increase the extreme cornering speed on the track.

▲ Look up at the U9’s Yunnan-X intelligent fully active body control system

The Yunnan-X intelligent fully active body control system is the core technology that establishes the unique positioning of the U9.

The reason why U9 can dance and jump high is due to the integrated control ability of horizontal, vertical and vertical directions given by Yunnan-X. The strategy is to use multiple sets of sensing hardware and Yunnan Intelligent Computing Center to output the control strategy. The high-voltage suspension motor outputs instantaneous high active power to the shock absorber, quickly and actively adjusts the damping and stroke, and outputs the control force to offset the vibration, thereby resisting gravity and centrifugal force. .

When cornering, Yunnan-X can keep the U9 in a stable posture. By automatically adjusting the suspension support on the left and right sides, the inner suspension is appropriately extended to ensure the grip of the inner wheel, and the rigidity of the outer suspension is increased to reduce the side of the body. Lean to increase cornering speed; when starting and braking vertically, Yunnan-X can make you look up at U9 without looking up or nodding.

When facing uneven roads, such as high-speed passes on bumpy roads such as road shoulders, the average height adjustment rate is as fast as 375mm/s, ensuring four-wheel grip and improving control.

When explaining the looking-up architecture, BYD said that it strives to make the technology play a 1+1>2 effect, so that the product can cover urban, off-road, track and other scenarios.

▲ Look up to U8, positioned as a hardcore luxury off-road vehicle

Ever since, we have also seen that the combination of Yi Sifang and Yunnan-P technology has given birth to extremely strong cross-country passability and escape ability on the U8, which can achieve in-situ U-turns and emergency floating on high-adhesion surfaces. For off-road scenarios, Yunnan-P's body control system specifically increases the total suspension adjustment stroke and the maximum wading depth.

Looking up at the technology in the architecture, we can also provide new solutions to some common problems. For example, when a tire blowout occurs at high speed, Yi Sifang can quickly and independently adjust the torque of a single wheel, and compensate for the vehicle body posture after a tire blowout. Help the vehicle stabilize and not lose control.

▲Looking up at the U9 body structure

As for the active and passive aerodynamics package on the U9, carbon ceramic brake discs, carbon fiber body, vehicle torsional stiffness reaching 54425N·m/°, DiPilot intelligent driving system, etc., it is either within the architecture of the U9, or it is the U9 A must for a true supercar.

We give confidence to looking up, and we also hope that looking up will give us confidence

At this point, we can also review what we said before. Look up to U9 is the product of look up to the architecture and a combination of technologies. It is not isolated and has traces to follow. It can also be said that the Look Up U9 is the unique answer we currently have to how to build an electric supercar. At the same time, the Look Up architecture itself is a rich and diverse solution to answer how we build a luxury off-road vehicle, how to build a luxury sedan, etc.

Among the three highlands of the automobile industry: Germany, the United States, and Japan, Japan started the latest, but it is also the largest in scale. The current situation of China's car manufacturing is already following the trend. There are many independent brand companies with annual sales of more than one million vehicles. The process of going overseas is also in full swing.

New forces are trying to steadily promote high-end products. Some brands can compete with joint venture brands or overseas brands in some specific models in the range of 200,000 to 500,000 yuan. But if they reach the million level, they are almost in a vacuum zone. .

At this level, we really lack a brand that has a strong brand and no shortcomings in product design and technology.

▲ Looking up to U7 which has already started to warm up

Wangwang is the first Chinese brand that is expected to successfully establish a foothold in the million-dollar market. U8 has already initially proved itself. U9 does not have many shortcomings at the product level. External feedback has also changed from doubts when it first appeared to positive reviews now, and then it has also received positive reviews. With the advent of the more popular U7 luxury sedan, for BYD, which has firmly established itself as the number one brand in terms of sales, Denza, Fangbao, and Yangwang each have their own responsibilities and missions.

Looking up is naturally the product with the highest demand and the most breakthrough among them. In essence, what this brand needs to show is whether the Chinese automobile industry can rely on hard power to achieve the first factual breakthrough in the luxury car market. Looking up Architecture, Yi Sifang and Yun Nian Technology have such basic capabilities.

In the final analysis, we give hope to hope and hope that hope will give us confidence.

Cars are the crown jewel in the industrial field. Luxury cars and supercars are the jewels in the crown of the automotive industry. Only by removing this jewel can we have the confidence to say that we are not only an industrial country, but also an industrial power.

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