So, imagine you’re a business tycoon/millionaire who owns one of the most exclusive, lightning-quick and beautiful cars in the world – a Bugatti Chiron. You decide to take it out onto the roads, only to discover that you can’t get over 50 thanks to the traffic!
You then decide to take it on the mythic German Autobahn (as you would being a millionaire) in the wee hours of the morning, just before 5 A.M. On these empty morning roads, you manage to hit speeds of 259MPH(417km/h) and record it as well, posting it on YouTube. Surprise surprise… you’re being prosecuted by authorities for “reckless endangerment” of other road users.
Now, for those of you who know the German Autobahn, you know that it has no speed limits and hence, you’re technically allowed to do it. There are multiple videos of people driving their AMGs, M cars or Audi RS at REALLY high speeds but of course, nothing could ever match Chiron. So, the “enthusiasts” would believe it is unfair to prosecute someone for this, especially since that person recorded and posted a video knowing fully well it was legal.
But, the practical ones would question the line between being legally allowed to drive at such speeds and whether one should. At 417 KPH, a 5 degree turn feels like a hairpin bend, a slight flick or lack of concentration for 0.01 seconds and you are probably ending the lives of many along with yourself.
Moreover, even if you did finish it safely, you’ve inspired more in this world of “views” to do something similar and not everyone is going to be as lucky. Let’s face it, if you think driving on the unrestricted section of the Autobahn is just because of driver skills then you definitely need to get behind the wheel of a car at a race track and drive it beyond 180 KPH. Let’s take a deeper dive into this. Oh! And for the Indians reading this, the German Autobahn LEGALLY has no speed limits on the unrestricted section unlike Indian highways where everyone chooses to ignore the speed limits, lane systems, etc. and never get caught unless it is a deadly accident.
Czech millionaire Radim Passer uploaded a video to his YouTube channel in which he attached a GoPro to his Chiron, and absolutely blitzed his CHiront down the Autobahn. German authorities say “anyone participating in activities which could lead to harm or endangerment of other road users” are unacceptable and will not be allowed.
Effectively what they mean to say is that this video might inspire other people to go and re-enact something similar, and put the lives of others in danger, and also that his actions were unsafe and could have resulted in many bad things, such as a multi-car crash at high speed and similar things. And they are kind of right. While the world might look at them as a “Karen”, it doesn’t matter. We are at a stage where if it is not in the way of the “audience”, it is automatically a red flag.
Certainly the question arises that this could inspire others to go and speed on the Autobahn. However, we can say that the chances of replicating this are slim at best, because you need a set of steel guts, a Chiron to back your guts and be amongst the 0.001% lucky population of the world, as Radim Passer was. Hence, a 2 year sentence would certainly be a bit much. I guess Mr. Passer took his last name seriously and literally decided to pass EVERYONE on the German Autobahn one fine day.
We certainly don’t promote this behavior, for if such things become a commonplace then every third auto junkie will go about trying to set their own speed record at their nearest empty patch of road, which is certainly something that shouldn’t happen. What is your takeaway from this whole ordeal? Should such behavior be punished or not?