German police have taken delivery of what they’re claiming is the world’s fastest pursuit vehicle. The Audi R8 GT-R supercar (similar to the one pictured) has 100kg shaved off its normal mass with carbon-fibre bonnets, front and rear skirts, tailgate and door panels.
ABT Sportsline lifted power from the regular car’s 400kw to a stonking 450kw, giving the 5.2-litre V10 machine a terminal velocity of 325km/h. The car was built as part of Tune it! Safe! — a government public awareness campaign encouraging enthusiasts who modify their cars to do so safely and legally. It’s a paradigm shift from the Australian approach — yet the death rate on German roads is less than here, based on deaths per capita and as a percentage of vehicles registered.
Germany also has strict driver training, better vehicles and excellent road infrastructure. These cost money. Here the approach is to extract revenue from drivers who scan the road rather than watch their speedos.