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5 top-speed Autobahn runs that are so fast they’re terrifying

Published: 10/Aug/2020 15:24 Updated: 10/Aug/2020 16:11

by Kieran Bicknell

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Tourists and petrol heads flock to Germany to drive on the world-famous Autobahn. Famed for its sections of unrestricted roads, drivers are able to legally push their cars to the limits of their performance on public roads.

Despite the majority of the Autobahn, Germany’s highway network, being restricted to between 68 and 75 mph, there are sections in rural areas that are legally de-restricted, meaning drivers can go as fast as they see safe and fit to do so.

These de-restricted areas have become a haven for high-performance car owners, as it allows them to test out the top speed and full performance of their cars without breaking any speed limits or risking losing their driving license.

Naturally, many drivers upload their Autobahn runs online for the world to enjoy. Here are five of the best from YouTube.

Bentley Flying Spur hits 211mph


Showing that you don’t need a lightweight purpose-built supercar to hit high speeds; AutoTopNL takes the all-new Bentley Flying Spur up to an incredible 340km (211mph) top speed.

Given that Bentley is known for producing no-holds-barred luxury cars, the fact that this 2.437 kg barge can reach such high speeds is incredible. It also appears to do so with ease, remaining composed and seemingly comfortable even at the limit of its performance.

Tesla Model S P100D top speed run

While the Bentley Flying Spur video above is shocking as the car is able to achieve such speeds despite so heavy and luxurious, this video of a Tesla Model S is shocking as it is so quiet.

Despite being pushed to the upper limits of its performance and reaching an impressive 142mph, the Tesla Model S does so with spaceship-like silence and smoothness, with only the road noise giving any sort of audible indication of the speeds that are being reached.

Lamborghini Huracan brings the thunder

In complete contrast to the Tesla Model S run, this Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 makes an incredible amount of noise as AutoTopNL pushes it up to an incredible speed of 212mph.

The custom-fitted Akraprovic exhaust sounds absolutely biblical as the car is launched off the starting line, with plenty of pops and bangs on overrun as the driver lets off the throttle.

As the Huracan reaches the upper echelons of its performance, the V10 engine of the Huracan reaches a glorious crescendo and deafens the unsuspecting drivers that it flies past at well over 120mph.

BMW M5 passes the Police as if they were standing still

The Autobahn must be one of the only places worldwide where you’d be able to get away with flying past the police at over 180mph, but that’s exactly what Cars on Autobahn did while behind the wheel of this BMW F90 M5.

Seeing that the police were also apparently responding to a blue-light call, it is shocking how easily this high-performance sedan passed them, almost as if the police car was standing still.

The M5 also seems perfectly happy sitting at over 190mph for prolonged periods, which is even more surprising when you learn that it is a 5-seat executive sedan that is perfectly capable of being a comfortable, usable everyday family car.

1239hp Tuned Toyota Supra pushed to the limit

With a massive turbo, rear-wheel drive, and very limited driver aids; This heavily modified Toyota Supra proves to be a handful for AutoTopNL to drive.

The massive turbo suffers from severe lag, meaning that the full amount of power is only available at around 7k rpm. This means that the car has to be pushed to the top of the rev range in each gear to get the most out of it.

Being RWD with so much power also means the Supra struggles to stick to the road when the turbo kicks in, proving to be a real challenge for the driver.

Mix that in with the incredible noise from the engine and turbo, and this is one of the most visceral, most challenging cars ever featured on AutoTopNL’s channel.


Remember that these videos are filmed on de-restricted roads, and the drivers are highly-skilled professionals. Do not attempt this style of driving on any other roads, or without proper tuition.

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SSC responds to backlash over ‘faked’ Tuatara 331mph record run

Published: 30/Oct/2020 10:58 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 11:00

by Kieran Bicknell

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Following a jubilant celebration of achieving an alleged 331mph, SSC North America have been forced to admit the video for their record run is inaccurate, following backlash from numerous media outlets.

What should’ve been an epic achievement of automotive technology and driving has transformed into a nightmare for SSC North America. After their Tuatara ‘megacar’ apparently broke the world production car speed record, a number of prominent automotive media outlets and YouTubers said the video was faked.

These were not hollow, empty statements either. Even big-name YouTubers such as Shmee150 got in on the act, and presented several convincing arguments against SSC, including a number of mathematical analytics that could not be doubted.

SSC did attempt to fight back, claiming that GPS company Dewetron had ‘validated’ the run, but even this has now been cast into doubt. Following the backlash, Dewetron themselves have issued a statement saying they “did not validate any data from world record attempts or preceding tests.”

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According to Jerod Shelby, there were “inaccuracies” in the video shown.

SSC Tuatara record run video issues

Now, SSC CEO Jerod Shelby has explained the situation, citing a “video mix-up” as the cause of the inconsistencies. According to Shelby, the ‘wrong video’ was overlaid with the data log displays, which lead to a “variance in sync points” when media outlets had analyzed the video.

Not only that, but according to Jerod there are “two videos, each with inaccurate information” that the team “hadn’t double-checked the accuracy of the video before it was released.”

Given that this is a monumental event in the world of automotive performance, it seems strange that the quality control would not have been ultra-scrutinized before the video released on BBC’s Top Gear.

Does the SSC speed record still stand?

While the video issues have finally been addressed by SSC North America themselves, there is no word as to whether the official record attempt has been impacted.

According to Shelby, the “accuracy of the equipment and speed sensor” are both confirmed in a letter from GPS suppliers Dewetron, which was issued when they got the equipment.

The official submission to the Guinness World Records Association is also yet to be made, due to waiting on “third-party pieces of information.” Whether or not the record will be validated is still unclear.