I'm kind of inclined to think that when they made this advertisement for a Volkswagen Beetle that shows a beetle zipping along, they were trying for a bit of exaggerated irony.
The real irony? No small number of beetles are crazy fast already. (To compare without you having to go to another site and look around, a tiger beetle can go over five miles per hour, which is a lot when you're that tiny, and is comparable to a human running at over half the speed of sound.
On a semi-related note, one kind of tiger beetle, Manticora, is seen in African folklore as a harbinger of death comparable to the Grim Reaper. Tiger beetles are cool.)