I think it's more likely that they found no faults, rather than there were
I refuse to believe that anyone, apart from someone with a death wish, would
deliberately drive or crash their car in such a life threatening manner.
That the driver was a bit of a thicko seems apparent. Nevertherless....
I do believe that it is particularly apt in this case considering the
glaring evidence before everyone. Of course a huge number just cannot see it
and give the driver the most generous benefit of their doubt and prefer to
believe there to be a technical reason as to why he could not stop. This in
itself is evidence [whatever the actuality of the case] that my statement is
No. I think he could have simply switched of the ignition and cruised onto
the hard shoulder, but I am inclined to believe that there was something
wrong with his car.
Otherwise it doesn't make sense for him to telephone the police, drive at
such a dangerously high speed, given the traffic conditions, and then finish
up totaling his car by crashing it into a roundabout.
He might be stupid, but I can't believe anyone would drive as he did by
Somebody previously mentioned that shutting the ignition off would lock the
steering wheel, however I am not so sure. Am I mistaken, or isn't there a
ignition key position (first stop CCW) that will kill the engine, but still
leave the steering unlocked? I have to check this. Seems like if there
isn't - it would be a good safety feature to include in a car's design.
Stuck throttle cables aren't so rare, and the newer "fly by wire" systems
can't be perfect.
I recall an old Chrysler product I had many years ago with a slant six
engine. The carb was designed with a spring that would open the throttle
fully if the throttle cable or cable pin broke. I know because it happened
not to many years ago, I recall my Grandfather had a similar problem The
vehicle ran away with him and would not stop, he ran 2 red lights, ended up
going the wrong way down a one way. Switching off the ignition would have
done nothing and the brakes would not stop it.
The outcome was that the police set up a block a few miles along and when he
approached they shot the horse dead.......................luckily it did not
turn the cart over and grandfather was saved.
A vets inspection after could find nothing wrong with the animal.
The police refused to comment.
As was proven by several car magazines after the famous 60 Minutes - Audi
travesty, no street car ever made, including high-power, hopped-up 'Vettes and
Porsches, has been sufficiently powerful that under maximum power it could not
be stopped by its brakes, unless those brakes were defective.
Period. End of story. Any contention otherwise is pure, fanciful bullshit.
It struck me at the time as just an excuse for being caught speeding..
and the news is certainly accurate - since when did an E36/318 have
140MPH capabilities? Mebbe UK MPH's are different than US? (humor)
I was thinking the same thing... my 318is was limited at 132mph (or
right around that) and it was damn difficult to get that car to that
speed, it was possible, but there was a tailwind.. I was going down
oh yeah and as my POV, the guy was full of shit... turn the ignition
off, or shift into neutral... rather pop the motor than fold up the
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