Who needs a Bugatti when this family hatchback can apparently move at over half the speed of sound?
Receiving a speeding fine in the mail is always a nasty surprise but imagine how this Belgian must have reacted when he was fined a whopping €6,597 ($7,855) for allegedly driving at 432 mph in a 30-mph zone. If that didn't already seem improbable, Fox News reports that he apparently recorded that speed in an Opel Astra, which is sold as the Chevrolet Cruze in the US, while driving through the town of Quiévrain. Yes, the sensible family hatchback is apparently is capable of moving at over half the speed of sound.
Not even the fastest Formula One car can approach that speed. In fact, it's nearly as fast as the Speed Demon, which currently holds the world record for the fastest vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine at just over 439 mph. Who needs a Bugatti? Unsurprisingly, the driver disputed the letter with police, who admitted that a computer glitch caused the speed camera to malfunction when he drove past. We can't help but wonder how nobody noticed the mistake. As much as we would love to see an ordinary family hatchback humiliate some of the world's fastest hypercars, the reality is of course far different.
When equipped with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Astra develops a blistering 98 horsepower and 95 lb-ft of torque. Suffice to say, the driver was travelling at 37 mph when the speed camera went off. Since this was in a 30-mph zone, he technically still broke the speed limit andwill still need to pay a fine. At least it will be significantly less than $7,855.