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RACING LINKS

F-1 official site
F-1 on Sky Sports
F-1 on BBC Sports
F-1 on Speed TV
GP2 Series
24 Heures du Mans official site
American Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM)
SCCA Trans-Am Series
Moto GP
Motorsport.com
Sportscar Club of America (SCCA)
South Louisiana SCCA chapter

 

BMW

BMW Club of America
M3 Forum
M5 Board
550-hp Hartge M5 on the Autobahn (Youtube video)
Radim and Lisa's e46 Vorsteiner M3
Radim and Lisa's e60 M5
Radim and Lisa's e39 540i here and here

 

HONDA

Mugen Tuning

 

NISSAN

Maxima.org
The Z Car Webring
Radim and Lisa's Stillen Maxima here and here

 

SAAB

Saabnet
Radim and Lisa's former Saab 99 EMS here

 

 

And in conclusion ... this is driving:

 


250 km/h (155 mph) in an Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro, Autobahn A-93, Munich to Regensburg

 


270 km/h (168 mph) in a U.S. specs BMW M5 e60, 5-liter V10, Autobahn A-8, Stuttgart to Ulm

 


270km/h (168 mph) in a BWM M3 e90, Autobahn outside Frankfurt, no restriction zone.

And now, feel free to reconsider the fallacy of the statement that "speed kills". This is being drilled into driver's minds the world over, but especially in the United States. Yet U.S. Interstate highways have twice as many fatalities per 100 thousand population than the German Autobahns do. And this is with a 110 km/h speed limit, vs generally no speed limit in Germany! (Do not believe it? Read about it here.)

Driving safety has far more to do with the style of driving, and with the design and condition of vehicles, than with actual speed. Being tailgated or cut off at 70 mph (110 km/h) on Interstate-10 by some idiot in a 3 1/2 ton pickup truck is far more deadly than a spirited but leisurely drive at 140 mph (230 kmh) on the Autobahn where people follow the rules. If one follows the rules (which by the way are nearly the same on the Autobahn as on the Interstate), cruising around at 100-120 mph on the Autobahn is far safer than 60 mph on the average American Interstate.

Why is this? Because the really dangerous acts like driving aggressively, tailgating, passing on the right, blocking the left lane and not using turn signals are too time-consuming to enforce. One would have to actually observe other drivers' behavior to pick out the bad seeds. But that takes too much effort. It is so much simpler to sit behind a bush and just here and there clock someone go by at 90 mph. In Germany, you would never get a ticket for driving 90 mph, but you would get a big fat ticket if a camera caught you following someone too closely; at whatever speed. Rightfully so.

 

 

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October 10, 2010
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