A TYCOON could face two years in prison after he was filmed driving at 259 mph on a German highway with his Bugatti supercar.
Prosecutors said they were investigating Radim Passer, 58, for participating in an alleged illegal race after a stunt video was shared online.
The footage shows IT investment specialist Passer behind the wheel of a blue Bugatti Chiron with a younger man in the passenger seat.
They sped past other cars in the twilight and at one point the GPS speed hit 417km an hour – which is 259.1mph.
The £2.5million supercar – with almost 1,500hp – is electronically limited to 261mph because the tires can explode at higher speeds.
The stunt is said to have been shot on a straight stretch of the A2 between Berlin and Hanover.
It has caused fury among safety and refresh campaigners the call to impose speed limits on the German autobahns – which are famous without limits outside of urban areas.
Police in Saxony-Anhalt confirmed a file had been turned over to prosecutors.
Spokesman Doreen Guenther added: “We are looking into the possibility of a banned car race.”
The passerby himself was proud of his antics, saying: “We thank God for the safety and the good situation, because we were able to get up to speed.”
He said the video was shot last year on a six-mile, three-lane stretch of road with “views along the entire stretch”.
“Safety is a priority, so situations have to be safe to go,” he declared.
However, the Ministry of Transport said that “any behavior that may lead to danger to road users”.
Although there is no regulation on speed, the ministry also added: “All road users must obey the provisions of the road traffic law”.
The rules say motorists must ensure “no other person is harmed, dangerous or impeded or more inconveniently unavoidable under the circumstances”.
Regional transport director Lydia Hueskens said all drivers must behave responsibly when there is no speed limit.
“In this case, there are certainly very serious doubts about whether that’s going to happen,” she said.
Most autobahns don’t have a speed limit but German manufacturers electronically cap the engine at 155mph to allay environmental and safety concerns.
The Green Party campaigned for an 81mph limit on autobahns to cut carbon emissions during last year’s election.
Passer is the 33rd richest person in the Czech Republic with a fortune of £226 million, according to Forbes.
Before that, he hit 250 km/h on his Bugatti Veyron automatic in 2015.
The Passer did not break the all-time autobahn speed record, which is still more than 80 years behind.
That was set by racer Rudolf Caracciola, who averaged 268.8mph in two runs in a modified Mercedes Benz in 1938.
Competitor Bernd Rosemeyer was killed on his second run after hitting 269mph in Auto Union after public roads were closed for the occasion.
In England, the first motorways did not initially have speed limits.
Legend has it that the hat was introduced following the outrage of a test driver who hit 185mph in an AC Cobra Le Mans race car in an M1 in 1964.
In fact, country limits were introduced during the oil crisis of the 1970s.
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