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YouTuber Shmee150 targeted by obscene vandalism on Nurburgring

Published: 25/Aug/2020 10:38 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 16:51

by Kieran Bicknell

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Popular YouTuber Shmee150 has begun the subject of attacks from trolls who used the graffiti at the Nurburgring to voice their dislike of him. 

Sometimes people get jealous of those that appear to be at the top of their game and will take to talking about them online rather than in person.

Though, for famed automotive YouTuber Shmee150, it seems that an individual (or individuals) had a particular dislike of his work and chose to desecrate one of his favorite places on earth – the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

Famous for his vast supercar collection nicknamed the ‘Shmeemobiles’ and his regular vlogs and car reviews; Shmee150 – real name Tim – has been personally attacked by obscene graffiti painted onto the Nurburgring circuit.

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Severe penalties for slander

While the perpetrators may have thought this was just a cruel joke, a joke in poor taste, or perhaps a way of getting famous, the repercussions for such actions are severe.

German law is far stricter when it comes to acts of slander or defamation than those in the US, as discussed by Life Of Palos in his latest video addressing the situation.

Explaining how the German law on defamation is split into three categories (insult, defamation, slander) the graffiti in question would fall under the ‘defamation’ category, the second most severe. Unfortunately for these ‘artists’ by defaming Shmee in writing, it actually doubles their potential sentence.

Defamation in German law carries a punishment ranging from a severe fine, or potentially even imprisonment for 1 year. Since the graffiti on the Nurburgring is public and classed as defamation “through the dissemination of written materials” the penalty actually rises to 2 years jail time.

 

Shmee150 Graffiti Nurburgring
Image via D4MJT on Pistonheads
(Blurred due to obscenity) the large writing popped up mysteriously in the last few days.

Shmee150 reaction to graffiti

Surprisingly, Tim is yet to post a public response or reaction to the graffiti that has been painted onto the German race track.

Perhaps it is because he doesn’t want to feed the trolls that did it, or maybe he wants to avoid giving them any further exposure through his multi-million subscriber social media channels. Whatever the reason may be, Shmee is keeping quiet, for now at least.

Of course, there is the chance he may not pursue prosecution of the perpetrators, though that does not mean they are out of the woods yet. With such a big public stunt like this plenty of people will know who carried it out, not to mention possible prosecution from the Nurburgring team themselves.

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SSC accused of faking 331mph speed record revealed on Top Gear

Published: 27/Oct/2020 11:53

by Kieran Bicknell

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With the automotive world rocked by the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking run during October 2020, YouTuber Shmee 150 has raised a number of doubts about the credibility of their record.

Land speed records are nothing new – ever since the dawn of the motor car, drivers have been competing to go faster and faster in an all-out race to beat each other’s top speeds.

With competitors Bugatti having set the previous production car speed record of 304.77mph in a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, SSC has now obliterated their record… or have they?

SSC tuatara speed run
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The SSC Tuatara is the record holder for the world’s fastest production car, but many have pointed out there are issues with the footage.

Top Gear announces SSC Tuatara speed record

When BBC’s Top Gear announced the breaking news that the SSC Tuatara had broken the production car speed records, the automotive world went into pandemonium. To break any speed record is an incredible achievement, but to do so by such a massive margin is almost unheard of.

The record attempt itself was also unusual in that it was carried out on a stretch of public road. A closed-off section of dead-straight road near Las Vegas provided the setting, totaling seven miles long.

Unfortunately for SSC and potentially for Top Gear, a number of popular online personalities and journalists have now called out SSC, claiming that the record is “fake.”

SSC World Record run controversy

YouTuber Shmee150 has been one such journalist, and put out a very convincing video debunking the record attempt on October 26.

The first major issue that he identified is that the tires on the Tuatara were allegedly ‘stock’ tires. Since they were not made specifically for the record attempt (to the best of his knowledge) they would’ve been rated for a significantly lower speed than 300+ mph.

Shmee then goes further to discuss the timings between set points on the route. By calculating the distance covered and the time it took for the Tuatara to cover that distance, he was able to work out a rough average speed.

SSC Footage slowed down?

Unfortunately, the speed between the first and second point that he highlighted is significantly different to that shown by the on-board footage that Top Gear released. According to his calculations, either the onboard footage was slowed down “by around 30%” for some reason, or the figures shown are totally wrong.

He also points out that the dashboard was obscured in the first-person view footage, despite the fact the reading should’ve mirrored that of the telemetry. As Shmee points out, the car is always going faster than the calculated average speed, which is a “mathematical impossibility.. you can’t dispute [it].”

By Shmee’s calculations, the Tuatara only reached a peak speed of “around 280 miles an hour”. Given that the original video was a Top Gear exclusive, it will be interesting to see how this situation develops.