German government reprimands influencer who drove 259mph on autobahn

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He just couldn’t drive 55. Not even 255.

Czech property tycoon Radim Passer has been officially reprimanded by the German Transport Ministry for a video he posted on his popular YouTube channel of himself driving a Bugatti Chiron at an indicated speed of 259 mph (417 km/h ) on the highway.

The point-of-view video which has racked up more than 4 million views was shot last July but released on January 9 and features an overlay displaying the speed of the vehicle as it speeds along the A2 motorway linking Berlin and Hanover, passing cars on its way.

Passer wore a racing suit, but no helmet, during the stunt, while his passenger wore only an open leather jacket and a t-shirt.

The $3million Chiron has an official top speed limit of 261mph, but some versions of the 1,500hp supercar have been unlocked to reach more than 300 mph on closed test tracks.

The stretch of road Passer was on has no fixed speed limit, so it technically did not break any laws, but the department said in a statement on Wednesday that it “rejects any behavior in road traffic that leads or may lead to endangering road users”. .”

“All road users must obey the traffic rules,” he added, citing the first clause of the German road traffic law, which states that “everyone taking part in traffic must behave in such a way that no other person is injured, endangered or hindered or embarrassed more than is unavoidable in the circumstances.

“We thank God for the safety and the good circumstances, because we were able to reach the speed of 414 km/h!” Pass wrote in the caption of the video.

Skip has an estimated worth of $308 million and is the 33rd richest person in the Czech Republic, according to Forbes.

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