Mostly when we think of self-driving cars as being fast., we think of ordinary road cars converted to be self-driving development vehicles or slow, built-to-purpose development rigs that will become delivery vehicles. We don't think of
Apparently, nobody else did either, becausewas able to set a brand-new record for the fastest autonomous car over a two-run average at an airfield in the UK. Now, just because there was no previous record holder doesn't mean that , phone it in with freeway speeds and snag itself a .
In fact, the folks at Guinness decided -- and we assume this was somewhat arbitrary -- that to be recorded as a world record, it had to beat a top speed of 160 mph. The Roborace folks were undeterred, basically told the Guinness folks to hold their beer (get it, because nobody was driving?) and laid down an average top speed of 175.49 mph.
Now, 175.49 mph isn't exactly blisteringly fast, especially when you consider thatof 304 mph. I mean, a will do 187 mph right off the showroom floor, but both the Porsche and the Bugatti had humans behind the wheel, so the Roborace record is still pretty damned cool.