Police Investigate Bugatti Chiron Owner For 259-MPH Autobahn Run

He could face two years in jail

What began as a high-speed prank on the German Autobahn might end up with one Bugatti Chiron owner doing two years in prison. German prosecutors are investigating the driver of a 259-mph run on the renowned route, according to the UK’s The Sun, which also reports that police have acknowledged that they have handed over a file to prosecutors regarding the event.

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The car hits 259.1 miles per hour in the video, which shows 58-year-old Radim Passer behind the wheel (471 kilometres per hour). The car’s top speed is electronically limited at 261 mph. The prosecutor’s office said it was looking into “the possibility of a banned race,” according to a spokesman.

Passer posted the video on November 30, but it didn’t make news until recently when the Associated Pressreported that local authorities had criticized the stunt. Even Germany’s Transport Ministry was unimpressed with the video. Passer was back on the Autobahn attempting to break his old speed record that he had set in 2015 when he hit 250 mph (402.5 kph).  

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While Passer’s high-speed run occurred on an unrestricted section of the Autobahn, there were still rules he needed to follow, like ensuring that, “Anyone participating in traffic must behave in such a way that no other person is harmed, endangered or obstructed or inconvenienced more than is unavoidable under the circumstances.” Passer insists that safety was a top priority.

There have been increased talks of adding a speed limit to unrestricted sections of the Autobahn. However, the talks aren’t necessarily putting driver safety at the forefront. Instead, the limits are more about reducing harmful emissions in the face of raising taxes to help battle climate change. At the end of last year, a study found that 60 percent of people in Germany supported an 81-mph speed limit. Thirty-eight percent voted in favor of unrestricted highways. Either way, the Chiron’s stunt will likely keep the conversation going.

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