• Nov 27th 2007 at 11:57AM
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The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is a pretty incredible piece of machinery. A road car capable of speeds one would normally associate with an open-wheel racer will always be impressive, especially when you consider it's laden with government-mandated safety equipment, plus niceties like a stereo and air conditioning. Only a fool would explore the car's outer performance limits on public roadways, however. That's best saved for a closed course, and if you can afford an LP640, you should be able to buy yourself some track time to see what it can really do.

The driver (and owner?) of the car in the video above was apparently too foolish to do that, and embarked on a quest to set the "world speed record" for an LP640 on Arizona public highways. Sure, the sound the car makes as it flies past static camera points at some 200 mph is nothing short of incredible, but the act itself is disturbing, because no matter how late at night this film was taken, there are other drivers out, and at 200 miles per hour, the margin for error is exactly zero. Make a mistake, and people are going to die.

[Source: YouTube]

The driver in this case pushes his luck three separate times. On his first run, he makes it to 211 mph according to his trip computer, and he ultimately lays off after overtaking a car that was braking in another lane. You can hear him say in the video, "I didn't even know that he was there. I didn't see him." No, and chances are that he didn't see you either. 211 wasn't enough, so on the next attempt, the driver hits 214. Once again, he is forced to back off because he comes up on another car traveling in his direction. He then intones, "214. We could have got even more if it wasn't for this car in front of us." Yes, how inconsiderate of that other car. The third time's the charm, and we see him take a sweeping curve at 170 on his way to an indicated top speed of 219. The video closes with the driver telling the camera, "I'm the driver and this was the world speed record for the LP640. 219 miles per hour. Try to beat it."

We don't know what the sanctioning body for this particular "world speed record" is -- the National Council of Imbeciles, perhaps? In any case, we recommend you don't try to beat it. At least not like these clowns, who put unwitting drivers on a public road at risk just so they could stroke their own egos.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Many of you will be interested to know that The AZ Dept. of Public Service as well as Maricopa County Sheriff's office have been made aware of this citizens actions and it is being investigated. Traveling at these speeds on public highways violates several state as well as federal statutes. I hope to meet with Gov. Napolitano about it soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The owner of the LP640 is Robert Simyar as reported by abc.news. He has a picture on his website http://www.simyar.com/about/default.htm showing a Reventon as his daily driver!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      at the start of the video look at the sign, its got a banner over it saying closed, eg the road was closed for this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, that is not a road closed sign. That is an exit closed sign. I'm pretty sure I know where that is (I live about 2 miles from the 202 where this happened).

        Given that he showed his face, and his car is quite uncommon, I expect an arrest in the relatively near future. It was an impressive display of machine and stupidity. I wonder how much jail time he'll get.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL @ the "snitch" comments.

      I'm GLAD this asshat was reported and will hopefully get his liscensed revoked and/or car impounded.

      If he doesn't face any consquences for his stupidity then he'll probably try for the "record" AGAIN. And who's to say that he won't kill or seriously injure someone the next time around.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought it was nice of the Icy Hot Stuntaz to make an appearance in the video with this idiot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL! Icy Hot Stuntaz, it's been a while since I've heard that. LOL.

        Yeah, this guy looks like a guido douche.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this guy goes to jail who cares, he gets exactly what he deserves, I could care less if he went 219 mph in his lambo. The fact is he is an idiot for posting a video of himself commiting a serious crime on the internet, thats called darwinism folks. Also, all the people supporting this guys actions, you'd be singing a different tune if he had killed someone. If you want to risk your own life and break the law thats fine, but when he kills you or your friend you'll think differently.
      • 7 Years Ago
      thanks for making what i'm sure is an unpopular stance on idiots (and behaviour) like this. i wasn't expecting such supportive comments when i read the article, tho...
      • 7 Years Ago
      One more case of an idiot with just too much money who really needs to show his new toy...
      • 7 Years Ago
      For those saying "take it to the track" - on what race tracks can you actually get something other than an open-wheel race car up over 200mph? Other than big ovals I can't imagine there are too many.

      From this post in August, it takes a pretty big straight to get going that fast.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There's none. Even at Miller Motorsports Park, the biggest track in the West, you couldn't get a street car (even that one) up to 200mph. and it has a 2/3rds mile main straight.
        • 7 Years Ago
        He has a couple in driving distance based where he lives.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Which ones? I'm genuinely curious (I live in Arizona and I don't think any of the tracks here are big enough).
      • 7 Years Ago
      hah look at the way he slaps the paddle shifter, instead of squeezing it with precision. tells me he definitely doesn't have any formal driving training and probably little to no track experience even. just some rich dude with no respect. two thumbs down for that vid.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Francis, your response makes you sound ignorant.

        It has nothing to do with the technology and everything to do with technique, or haven't you ever trained to do anything with skill and precision in your life? Nope? oh well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i would say that kudos to this kid. its not like he was endangering anyone but himself. its his car, he can do what he pleases. NICE JOB. ALL OFF U STOP HATING. Keep drving ur Neons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Route 50 in Nevada would have been a better (and safer) place for the test. I wouldn't mind the chance at becoming the next 211 mph ******* though!
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