'Boy Racer' speeds in mini cooper harming several others

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A boy racer has his licence suspended on Monday after being pulled over by police in Australia. Police posted a picture on social media that showed the vehicle, believed to be a modified Golf R, at the side of the road.

The driver had allegedly been recorded driving at 280 kph, more than two and a half the speed limit of 110kph (68mph).

He was stopped by police on the Hume Highway close to Mittagong, 60 miles southwest of Sydney.

Facebook users blasted the driver for his “absolutely ridiculous” speeding.

Others added that they found it hard to believe that a hatchback could ever reach such a speed.

One exclaimed: “Ain’t no Golf doing 280kph”.

Another added: “That radar device needs some serious calibration.”

The £39,000 four-wheel-drive Golf R has a two-litre engine that means it can go from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.

It has a top speed of 155mph but drivers can pay extra for a “performance pack” which can unlock a drift mode.

This allows the car to reach a top speed of 168mph and modified versions can go even faster.

In 2020. a Dutch YouTuber called AutoTopNL made a video showing a Golf R’s speedo hitting 283kph (176mph).

However, according to an Independent GPS device, the verified top speed of the vehicle is 169mph.

According to a statement from New South Wales Police, the speeding driver will face court next month.

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They said: “A driver has been charged after he was allegedly caught travelling at more 280km/h in the state’s Southern Highlands today.

“Just after 9.30am, officers attached to The Hume Traffic and Highway Patrol Command detected a blue Volkswagen Golf allegedly travelling 280km/h in a 110km sign-posted area on the Hume Motorway, Mittagong.

“Officers directed the vehicle to pull over and spoke with the driver, a 22-year-old man.

“He was issued with a Court Attendance Notice for drive speed/manner dangerous and is due to appear in Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday 20 December 2022.

“His driving privileges have been withdrawn.”

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