[Video] Find out how the Nio EP9 posted the driverless COTA record image

The current record holder for the fastest lap in the EV category on both the Nurburgring and the Paul Ricard circuits – the Nio EP9 – has also managed a different kind of feat: the fastest lap in autonomous mode on the Circuit of the Americas.

The car, in autonomous mode and without a driver inside, took the lap in 2 minutes 40.33 seconds and over the course of the drive achieved a maximum speed of 160 mph (257 kph). The formerly known as NextEV startup, now rebranded as Nio, has so far showcased the EP9 hypercar – and recently also outed an interesting equally electric and driverless concept – a true spaceship for the road. The startup has now launched a video to back up the performance claim – showing how the all-electric and driverless machine took home two records on the famous Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

The lap was of 3.4-miles (5.5-kilometers) and was completed in autonomous mode in 2 minutes and 40.33 seconds – the thing is there aren’t any other driverless cars to have lapped the COTA so far. With a human on board they again established a new track record for a production car, completing the lap in 2 minutes and 11.30 seconds, hitting 170 mph (274 kph) during his record-breaking attempt.