Racing graduate students go fast in Las Vegas

Saturday, January 8, 2022

A multi-university team featuring two graduate students from the University of Waterloo failed to qualify for the finals Friday of an autonomous racing event in Las Vegas.

But six weeks of preparation by Brian Mao and Ben Zhang still paid off when their million-dollar car recorded a top speed of 137 miles per hour (mph) during a run before the main competition at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The performance built on a disappointing result at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October when their car had a GPS malfunction, crashed into an infield wall and failed to finish.

Go to Making a comeback for the full story.

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