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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.

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