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French driver trapped for an hour in speeding 125mph car with no brakes

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by axus_auto, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. axus_auto

    axus_auto Power Member

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/13/french-driver-200kmh-car-chase

     
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  2. krzysiekz

    krzysiekz Senior Member

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    Is it just me who think it's weird he didn't either (a) take the car out of drive and put it into neutral and let it progressively slow or (b) turn the car off?
     
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    Yeah, I never understand why they don't do that either which makes me think they have another agenda. The last thing I would be doing is talking on my freaking cell phone to someone.
     
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    I thought this was weird myself but then again it says that the car was "adapted for disabled drivers" so who knows how it really worked. Maybe it wasn't possible?
     
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    Why couldn't he change gears and slow down ?
     
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    125 MPH ...... WOW.. HE IS SO SKILLED .. SO ..Confident Guy , SO BRAVE .. Courage ! Hats OF From Him ! :flame:
     
  7. krzysiekz

    krzysiekz Senior Member

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    I thought that too, so maybe they removed the ability to change from drive to neutral (I doubt it, though) as I don't see how that would be required for a disabled driver. But let's imagine that it wasn't possible. Surely turning the car off would still be possible though as I honestly doubt that was moved/removed from the car. Doesn't make sense.
     
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    Wouldn't turning the engine off at that speed make him halt too suddenly and send the car tumbling?
     
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    Not sure if I misunderstood you there or what but your reply makes me LOL.

    No, turning the engine off would not make him halt, it could lock his steering making him crash. Though then again that depends on the ignition type. I assume it wasn't manual since the car was adapted.
     
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    Bravery? Try ultimate stupidity instead.
     
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    You guys are over exaggerating. You make 125mph look as if it's 200mph. 125mph although very fast, isn't something uncommon. People in Germany drive at speeds in excess of that. It's neither brave nor stupid.
     
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    125 is under 210kph, just for an idea.Most cars built in the 90s can do this.

    ^ If that was sarcasm, lmao. If not, you need to switch to decaf.
     
  13. krzysiekz

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    Not that I've ever had to do this, but from thinking about it here is what I think would happen. You turn the car off, the engine will provide a lot of resistance since it is no longer being powered and this resistance will slow the car down.

    I imagine at this high speed, the resistance provided by the engine being off would or could potentially be enough for the tires to lock up and skid. If it was a rear wheel drive, the rear tires would lock or vise versa for a front wheel.

    To say it would tumble I think is out of the question. What happens when you slam on your brakes in the car, will it tumble? Same scenario here, I'd say.

    In either case, I've never tested turning my engine off while traveling so this really is all speculation.

    The difference here is that the car was stuck at this speed. On the autobahn, yes you travel very quickly but you still have full control of your vehicle. You can brake if you choose to do so. In this case, there was only full throttle and nothing else. Even on the autobahn, being maxed out and not being able to brake is very dangerous.

    Additionally, where this guy was driving he was probably doing a lot over the speed limit. If he was on the autobahn then yes it may have been safer, but if the speed limits were around 100 km/h like they are here in Australia, and he is doing twice the limit, then this would be very dangerous and comparing it to the autobahn woul not be fair.

    I am going to assume that, for whatever reason, the driver was unable to put the car into neutral and also unable to turn off the car. Otherwise, this just sounds silly.