A TYCOON who sparked fury by driving his Bugatti supercar at 400km/h on a German autobahn has escaped jail due to lack of evidence.
Prosecutors closed the investigation after investigating Czech investment chief Radim Passer, 58, over an alleged illegal stunt shared online earlier this year.
Prosecutors had investigated whether a banned race had taken place with the millionaire’s £2 million vehicle on the A2 between Berlin and Hanover.
By law, they had to prove that the driver had moved “recklessly” through traffic in order to achieve the “highest possible speed”.
But Passer’s speed was believed to be less than 2 mph below the sports car’s limited top speed, which was set at 261 mph, as the vehicle’s tires could burst if it went faster.
Prosecutors also said the highway was nearly empty and noted good visibility and weather conditions.
Consequently, they decided that no one was endangered during the 4:50 a.m. stunt.
With insufficient suspicion, Passer was not charged.
The verdict comes after more than 10 million people saw the clip of the 33rd richest Czech hitting 417 km/h on the A2 motorway in July last year.
Passer posted the video online in January and it remains on his YouTube channel today.
It sparked anger among security activists and renewed itself Prompts to enforce speed limits on Germany’s autobahns – which are known to have no restrictions outside of the built-up areas.
Most German manufacturers electronically limit engines to 250 km/h to address environmental and safety concerns.
Greens called for the 81-mile recommendation to go into effect as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions.
However, the proposal was rejected during talks to form the governing coalition with the SPD and FDP.
In the so-called race, Passer did not break the eternal autobahn speed record, which still stands after more than 80 years.
It was set by racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, who in 1938 achieved an average speed of 268.8 miles per hour in two runs in a converted Mercedes-Benz.
Rival Bernd Rosemeyer was killed on his second run after driving 269mph in an Auto Union after the public road was closed for the occasion.
In Britain, the first motorways initially had no speed limits.
According to legend, caps were introduced following outrage over a test driver driving 185mph in a 1964 AC Cobra Le Mans racer on the 1964 M1.
National limits were later introduced during the oil crisis of the 1970s.
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