We’ll see later on how fast the new Robocar can actually be – but for now we can settle on the Nio EP9 electric supercar on delivering the quickest autonomous lap at the Circuit of the Americas track.
By the way, since autonomous cars are a rather scarce commodity these days, we can see how the EP9 can claim the title since it has no direct competitors yet. Nio is most of all promoting its 1,341 horsepower (1,000 kilowatt) EP9 electric hypercar as the world’s fastest autonomous car as a marketing stunt – after lapping the Circuit of the Americas 2 minutes 40.33 seconds and achieving a maximum speed of 160 miles per hour (258 kilometers per hour) on the 3.4-mile (5.5-kilometer) course. With the COTA track seemingly out of interest for driverless cars, there’s actually no comparison time.
Using a driver as the control method, the EP9 took home a time of 2 minutes 11.30 seconds, which it claims again as a record for production vehicles – for reference the pole position GT-class car in the 2016 Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas was an Aston Martin Vantage V8 racer that completed the course with a 2-minute 4.61-second time. Nio’s EP9 has foru electric motors that push it to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds and at a top speed of 195 mph (313 kph). The batteries meanwhile are good for 265 miles (427 kilometers) of range on a single charge.