By Alex Harrington | The Grand Tour
Did he really break the law?
While driving his Bugatti Veyron in 2015, businessman Radim Passer was able to run the hypercar up to its top speed while dodging stray traffic on the speed-limitless road. He hit 250mph in this car, but this wasn’t enough for him. So, late last year, he set out to break his previous record with his new Chiron. It’s safe to say he beat it, hitting a top speed of 259.1mph on the public highway.
Here, I should note that this was completely legal as the A2, the road used for this run, hasn’t got a speed limit and is known around the world as somewhere you can take your car to the peak of its performance – in a straight line anyway.
But now Germany’s Transport Ministry has criticised the driver and is accusing him of putting other drivers in danger after he posted a video of the stunt to YouTube (see above).
Despite the run taking place at 4:50am, where there’s barely any traffic on the road, the Transport Ministry said in a statement that it doesn’t condone driving at such high speeds on its public roads. It said it “rejects any behaviour in road traffic that leads or can lead to endangering road users”.
Passer, estimated to be worth over $300 million and is the Czech Republic’s 33rd richest person in the country, is now being accused of breaking the following law: “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.”
Both videos show Passer telling his viewers that “safety was a priority, so the circumstances had to be safe to go. He also thanked God “for the safety and good circumstances.”
What do you think? Is he breaking the law, or is this The Transport Ministry bending their own rules to fit their opinions.