Social media can be a tricky thing. One minute, you think you’re uploading the next viral social car video and then next minute you find yourself in cuffs because of it. That’s exactly what happened to an Audi RS6 Avant owner in the UK, who filmed himself, along with a friend in the passenger seat, eclipsing 201 mph on a public motorway. That video did become popular and so popular, in fact, that the police found it. Whoops.
The police saw the video, recognized the stretch of road and the vehicle and found the two 38-year olds who created it. Once found, the driver was arrested and has since been released on bail. The road they were driving on was identified as the M23 between Gatwick and Crawley, which has a speed limit of up to 70 mph, which means the Audi RS6 Avant was traveling at almost three times the legal limit.
What makes this even more intense is that the videos shows the car getting fro 60 mph to about 116 mph in just around five seconds. That’s seriously quick and this was done in the last-gen RS6.
The previous-gen Audi RS6 Avant uses a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, which can make anywhere between 560 horsepower and 600 horsepower (the video doesn’t specify if it’s the RS6 Performance or not). So it’s a seriously fast car and one that can easily get you into jail-time speeds, evidently.
To make matters even worse, the driver had just one hand on the steering wheel for much of the video and they were recording it, so their attention was even more divided. That simply cannot happen at 200 mph or people can very easily die. If your car is traveling at 200 mph, it’s moving at almost 300 feet per second. That means that, at 200 mph, it can cross an American football field in about one second. That’s a huge distance to cover in just one second, which makes the absolute slightest mistake or circumstance chance can be fatal. There’s simply no time to react if anything happens.
We all like watching fast cars blitz down the Autobahn but the famous German highway was designed, and is continuously maintained, with that sort of speed in mind. The M23 in the UK was not designed for 200 mph and no one should drive that quickly on a public road as such. Even if the car is as cool as an Audi RS6 Avant.
[Source: Daily Mail]