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.