Things are getting out of control. What started as a 414 km/h race on the German Autobahn in a Bugatti Chiron could turn into a two-year prison sentence for the owner, Radim Passer, 58.
German prosecutors are investigating what happened on November 30, 2021 on a theoretically “unlimited” section of the Autobahn, in the hypothesis of an “underground race”. But why would the owner risk jail time for speeding if there were no limits? Well, the question is more complex than it seems, and the German government answers directly.
On November 30, 2021, Radim Passer was back on an unrestricted section of the German autobahn in his Bugatti Chiron, trying to break his previous speed record and posting the whole thing on his YouTube channel.
The attempt at speed in Bugatti initially remained relatively under the radar (not least because it is not the first time that we have seen videos of cars speeding on the Autobahn), despite several videos posted on Youtube. Until the Associated Press reported that local authorities had not digested this “madness”.
Although the stretch of road on which the race took place is a straight line of 10 km without speed limit, the German government has repeatedly reminded that the absence of limits does not mean that one can “ride at full speed without common sense”.
“Anyone in traffic on the Autobahn should conduct themselves in such a way that no other person is injured, endangered or inconvenienced more than is unavoidable under the circumstances.”
Although Passer has repeatedly stressed that safety is the top priority during the race, and that reaching 414 km/h and all that goes with it is not a crime in the absence of explicit limits ( it is not easy to legally judge when a car is “under control” or not), the German government is talking about the possibility of sentencing the YouTuber to a sentence of up to two years in prison.
Is this another sign of the end of the unlimited Autobahn? This case effectively revives an issue that has been debated for some time, namely the introduction of speed limits on the free sections of the Autobahn.
In this case, however, safety is an “additional and secondary” factor, as the primary motivation is to reduce emissions. A study revealed that 60% of Germans would accept a 130 km/h limit on the Autobahn, while only 38% would prefer to keep the current situation.