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Mathematically, the largest driver wheel you can buy for LEGO is Big Ben's XL driver, with a diameter of 36.8mm. To reach 10 mph, that wheel will have to spin: 36.8 mm diameter -> 115.6 mm circumference -> 7.2 x 10^-5 mi/revolution -> 2320 RPM (!!) This means that you have to gear up a motor to run at 2320 RPM. An XL PF motor with no load spins at about ...
You need to ensure that your program has a way to stay alive (wait block, wait for sensor, etc...), otherwise as soon as the program ends all motors are stopped.
10 mph (16km/h) is a crazy speed at that scale . Chances are quite high that your car will derail even on straight lines. Now, is it possible to reach that speed using lego motors and lego pieces ? I'd say no, but I think you can get quite fast, in the magnitude of 10-12 km/h (6-7.5mph). As stated in another answer, using the bigger train ...
If the original train motor is not fast enough, you could build your own engine using normal PF motors and use gearing that is suitable for your needs. Then drive your train via stand-alone train wheels:
Aside from the mechanical enhancement, you could also apply more electrical power to the motor. Some LUGs achieve record-breaking train speed by doing just that, although they usually use custom rails as well as transformers. Of course, overpowering motors isn't usually recommended; and for a PF one you'll have the issue of embedding a larger battery; but ...
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