Ital­ian driver races China dare­devil road in record time

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

An Ital­ian driver has raced up China’s Tong­tian Road, con­sid­ered one of the world’s most dan­ger­ous, in record time.

Fabio Barone cov­ered the nearly 11km route in just 10 min­utes 31 sec­onds, on 21 Septem­ber.

The road has 99 sharp turns on its way up Tian­men Moun­tain, ris­ing from 200 to 1,300 me­tres above sea level.

He had his Fer­rari spe­cially mod­i­fied for the at­tempt, shav­ing cru­cial ki­los off its weight by swap­ping metal for car­bon fi­bre parts.

Mr Barone is not new to rac­ing hairy moun­tain roads, hav­ing set another speed record last year on the Transfa­garasan moun­tain road in the Tran­syl­va­nian Alps in Ro­ma­nia.

Tian­men Moun­tain is no stranger to ex­treme mo­tor sports ei­ther, hav­ing hosted a Red Bull “drift king” event, for adren­a­line-seek­ing driv­ers to slide their cars around its tight bends.

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