Steve Lucas, a British law student, was charged with doing 115 mph in his tiny 1.2 liter Fiat Punto, a proposition he found ridiculous since he felt there was no way his car could attain that speed. And to prove it, he spent 18 months fighting the accusation and hiring an automotive consultant to test his Fiat on a racetrack. It was established that the best the car could achieve was 104 miles per hour, downhill and with a stiff tailwind. Lucas admitted that he was probably doing 85 mph in the 70 zone, but police were still forced to drop the exaggerated speeding charge. The matter was settled when Lucas was fined 40 pounds for driving without due care. Score one for slow cars.

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