A tycoon who reached a speed of 257.2mph on a German motorway in his £2.5million Bugatti was condemned by road chiefs yesterday.
Radim Passer, age 58, uploaded a video on the internet of himself racing down A2 from Berlin to Hanover. There was no speed limit, as with many other sections of the autobahn.
Mr Passer said the stunt in the Bugatti – which can do 0-124mph in 6.5 seconds – was undertaken last year on a six-mile, three-lane strip of road with ‘visibility along the whole stretch’.
He claimed that safety was the priority.
However, his car is seen passing other cars in the blink-of-an eye. The light on the video also suggests that it was captured at night.
Berlin transport minister said in a statement it rejects road traffic behaviour that can endanger road users.
Radim Passer, 58 (pictured), posted an online video of him racing down the A2 from Berlin to Hanover. As with other segments of autobahn, there wasn’t a speed limit.
It stated that all road users should adhere to the rules of road traffic regulations. Citing the first clause, it said that “anyone involved in traffic must behave so that no one is harmed or endangered, or obstructed, or inconvenienced more than what is necessary under the circumstances”.
The video of the Czech businessman celebrating as his car slows down shows him taking his hands off of the steering wheel. According to the ministry, drivers must also obey the law and drive at a speed that is safe for the driver.
Mr Passer, who according to Forbes is the Czech Republic’s 33rd-richest individual with a wealth of £226million, suggested beneath the video that he placed his faith in more than just his driving skills.
He wrote, “We are grateful to God for safety and favorable circumstances that allowed us to achieve the speed,”
However, his claim was false. The third-fastest speed on the Autobahn was set by the Investment Chief.
Rudolf Caracciola, a racing driver who was able to reach 268.8 mph using a modified Mercedes Benz in 1938 set the record.
Mr Passer said the stunt in the Bugatti (pictured) – which can do 0-124mph in 6.5 seconds – was undertaken last year on a six-mile, three-lane strip of road with ‘visibility along the whole stretch’
His time was just half an hour faster than his rival Bernd Rosenmeyer driving an Auto Union car, which would eventually become Audi.
Both had to have the motorway closed.
As part of the efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the Green Party (now a junior partner) in Germany’s coalition government called last year for an 80 mph limit on Germany’s autobahn network.
However, that notion was abandoned during negotiations to form the new government.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United’s footballer, owns the Chiron with an electronically restricted top speed of 261mph.