A video surfaced on YouTube last week that purported to show a Bugatti Veyron being driven at near top speed on public roads. Mind you, "near top speed" for a Veyron still means well above 200 miles per hour. The YouTube account owner who uploaded the video claims that the car made seven runs and reached speeds in the range of 215-225 mph. That's well short of 253 mph, the Bug's terminal velocity in Top Speed mode, but the Veyron was reportedly left in Handling Mode to accommodate the public road's uneven surface.

The video has attracted over 1,200,000 views after just one week on YouTube, and at least one of those views was the authorities in Arizona. Despite text in the video claiming that the high speed runs were shot "south of the border," police in Arizona were still none too thrilled with what Arizona Department of Public Spokesman Bart Graves called "a criminal act." The act in question is said to have occurred in late 2009, and since the driver's identity is never fully revealed, there's not much the authorities are likely going to do about it now. There's also no know way to know for certain where the video was shot, though Arizona police say the driver would be thrown in jail if he were caught trying to repeat the act in their jurisdiction.

The ironic thing is that the police did apparently have an opportunity to bust the driver, though they didn't know it at the time. The end of the video shows the Veyron pulled over on the side of the road by the Arizona Highway Patrol, but the video's description claims the driver wasn't cited because he was only going 80 mph at the time and the "officer stopped the car to take a look at it."

Follow the jump to get a look at the Bugatti going all out on public roads for yourself.


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      William Campbell
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was filmed in southern Arizona. The guy that owns it lives in Phoenix, drives the thing all the time all over the valley. He is a young kid who runs a massive porn empire. I see him at all the car shows around here.
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are not going after him, so this in non-news, but it is funny. I imagine that if a guy can afford a Veyron then he can afford the best of lawyers. "Your Honor, there was no radar, you cannot see my speedometer and I was just saying "215!" and "225!" to brag. Furthermore, the playback speed of the video was sped up for the sensation of speed to further exacerbate my false statements on the video" Case closed.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LifeLongCarGuy
        Not to mention the small matter of constitutional rights...
      David G.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what would happen if you hit a jackrabbit at 200 mph.
      HardmacK
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah the lure of the Loop 303 and Sun Valley Parkway... 70+ miles of empty two lane highway
      Douglas Harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they want people to stop drag racing and high speed runs why not let people build racetracks out in the desert, it isn't like they are short of room in AZ. If I had the money I would replicate the Nurburgring here in the USA.
      Nokia Ayala
      • 2 Years Ago
      god really man ...ya looked like a busy road .....get the hell over it people.....
      Shawnz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of all the cameras and friends that he has....... He cant even put a camera at the dash to record the speedometer?? OMG................... Redo the run !!!
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know why but I couldn't stop watching this because it was mellow dramatically cool without any "extra" BS. I need a new job! :)
      Fat Stig
      • 2 Years Ago
      No mexican road is that well maintained, anyone whos been to Arizona will notice how nice their roads are, from the smooth desert roads in the middle of nowhere to the over the top landscaped highways. Its obvious its arizona because of the new tarmac and paint, along with plastic reflectors. Its funny driving out of New Mexico and into Arizona, the road quality changes immediately from loud and bumpy to smooth and quiet.
      ctsmith1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't Arizona cops have enough on their hands, what with violating the constitutionally guaranteed rights of its hispanic residents surely taking up the bulk of their time?
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        That would be the case if not for wasting all of their time tracking down the residents that don't have Constitutional rights since they are illegal.
          ctsmith1066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          Except that every person under US jurisdiction enjoys the legal protections provided by the US Constitution, regardless of how they got to be under said jurisdiction. Also, you're disregarding the large number of actual citizens of hispanic origin who are facing civil rights violations.
          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          Booya.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Soooo basically they're just upset that they weren't able to ticket him(for those speeds), jail him, prosecute him, & impound the car indefinitely to bring in some nice cash into the department. God forbid he killed any of those pedestrians & motorists wandering the desert. *rolls eyes*
      300 miles club
      • 2 Years Ago
      People with cars like veyrons, lambos, ferrari, etc should be allowed to drive at higher speeds since their cars are prepared for that. Sure someone will say ... they are endanger the road and blah blah .... however slow drivers endanger the road as much as fast people without the proper car or proper training. Arizona police better concentrate their efforts on more important issues than a person who is enjoying his car. Arizona State police .... look there ... there .... there ..... Illegals!!!!!!!!!!!!! beep beep!!!!
        TelegramSam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @300 miles club
        I agree to an extent, but over 200mph? Really? If you can afford a car like a Veyron, you can afford to take it to the track if you'd like to test it's top speed. What makes this especially silly, is there are plenty of cars on the market that are simply more fun to drive on the street, that you could never push as far as the Veyron. Furthermore, public roads are not designed to handle this, and the Veyron is not designed to handle these speeds on American public roads. So for the sake of preserving a rare car, please take it to the track. I'm shocked by the number of people that sympathize with the driver.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
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          TelegramSam
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
          @ Vette ZRone I never claimed that posted speed limits were reasonable, just that over 200mph might not be reasonable, either. In fact, it is a bit of shame to do with such an exotic car (on public roads), when you could do the same on a track with lesser risk to your very expensive machine and to the public. Also, I assume in your 15+ years of racing, that it was mostly done on a track, not on public roads.
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