Supercars are built to offer an unstoppable wave of thrills and take their passengers to a new dimension where nothing else matters. However, taking this experience outside the safety of a race track does come with its price.
We are not referring to the tragical consequences of speeding here but rather to the financial drawbacks of putting the pedal to the metal on public roads.
Many countries have strict speeding laws, with the calculated Switzerland claiming one of the top spots in the world when it comes to this.
This is exactly what the owner of a 571 hp Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG recently found out, as wheels24.co.za reports. The man got a little pedal-happy and pushed his vehicle up to 180 mph (290 km/h) while traveling on a Swiss road near Fribourg. The speed limit in the area? 75 mph (120 km/h).
The local police was on duty and reacted promptly to sanction the whole experience. The 105 mph (170 km/h) “misunderstanding” resulted in the impounding of the $233,022 vehicle. The authorities decided to do this as a security for the payment of the speeding ticket the driver received. Things got this serious due to the fact that the man received a $1 million fine for breaking the law.
Let us explain. The Swiss government uses a traffic offenses penalty system that calculates the amount of money paid in direct relation to the guilty one’s income. So, we’re guessing that the SLS’ driver has a pretty hefty bank account. Regardless of this, we're pretty sure that the whole thing is one experience that he'll certainly remember.