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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

PARIS — A driver hurtled through northern France at 200 km/h for more than 160 kilometres after his car speed regulator jammed and the brakes failed.
Franck Lecerf had set out in his Renault Laguna 3 to visit his local supermarket in Pont-de-Metz, but ended up in a Belgian ditch after an hour-long white-knuckle ride escorted by police cars along the northern French coastal highway.
The journey — in which Lecerf saw “his entire life flash before his eyes” — ended in Alveringem when he finally ran out of gasoline.
Lecerf was on a divided highway when the speed dial of his car, which had been specially adapted for disabled drivers, jammed at 96 km/h.
Each time the 36-year-old driver tried to brake, the car accelerated instead of slowing down, eventually hitting 200 km/h.
As other cars honked and swerved from his path, Lecerf managed to call the emergency services.
Several police officers, realizing that Lecerf’s only option was to keep going until his gasoline ran out, escorted him at breakneck speed across more than 160 km of French highway, past Calais and Dunkirk, and over the Belgian border.
Three toll stations were obliged to raise their barriers as Lecerf shot through.
“My life flashed before me,” he told Le Courrier Picard. “I just wanted it to stop.”
He said he had suffered two epileptic seizures as a result of the ordeal.
A Renault technician had sought to advise police on how to solve the problem as they gave chase, to no avail.
Lecerf said it was not his first speed-jamming incident but that Renault had looked at the car and said that it had fixed the problem.
“This time, they’ve gone too far,” he said.
His lawyer said he would file a legal complaint over “endangerment of a person’s life.”
Renault said it would await the results of an investigation.



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

INSANE ! poor guy must have soiled himself a few times :P Ima have to use this excuse next time I get pulled over for speeding :D
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

Good old French car reliability.

I hope this is on the news on Top Gear's episode for some good laughs.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

I guess when you max out on speed and your brakes fail, the only thing to do is hope there is no traffic jams and curse yourself that you bought a fuel efficient vehicle!
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

That must have been scary...
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:01 PM

Turn off ignition? Put in neutral? If manual...push in clutch?

(And another damn good reason people should drive manuals)
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:07 PM

Turn off ignition? Put in neutral? If manual...push in clutch?

(And another damn good reason people should drive manuals)


Yikes. Turning off the ignition at 200km/h?! Suicide.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

Turn off ignition? Put in neutral? If manual...push in clutch?

(And another damn good reason people should drive manuals)


The car was modified for disabled drivers. No way it was a manual.

Edited by hudson bay rules, 14 February 2013 - 05:17 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

Turn off ignition? Put in neutral? If manual...push in clutch?

(And another damn good reason people should drive manuals)


LMAO so you want no power steering or brakes at 200 KPH uuummmm yeah ,you do realize turning the motor off turns your accessories off right ? you would have to have the strength of at least 10 men to control the car.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

LMAO so you want no power steering or brakes at 200 KPH uuummmm yeah ,you do realize turning the motor off turns your accessories off right ? you would have to have the strength of at least 10 men to control the car.


Brakes weren't working anyway...allow you to coast to a stop and/or apply e-brake. There's not much power assist in steering at that speed either. Besides I have little trouble turning wheels with ignition off at a complete stop. Apparently I have the "strength of 10 men" :rolleyes: Sounds to me like you could use some work at the gym.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

The car was modified for disabled drivers. No way it was a manual.


Missed that in the article. Sounds to me like issues with the modifications, not the car itself.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:53 PM

Missed that in the article. Sounds to me like issues with the modifications, not the car itself.


That's my impression as well. I'm also guessing that the disabled driver wouldn't have the strength to manhandle the car without power steering.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

gotta steer with the momo when you running from the popo


Cops could of / should of got infront and slowly stopped his car while he laid off the gas.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

^^^

does anyone even read the (very short) article?
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

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Yikes. Turning off the ignition at 200km/h?! Suicide.<br />

far better than keep going at 200kph with no brakes, risk murdering people.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:56 PM

^^^

does anyone even read the (very short) article?


Not many ppl read here, they just write.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:25 PM

That would've sucked more if you didn't have a phone and couldn't contact anyone.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

The best he could of done is shoft into first gear or 1 on a standard, moved his car side to side to create more friction, going up hill of possible, if there were any guard rails he could of grinded along then to create friction (they are pear shaped so only your wheels touch), used e brake if possible, and drove on gravel or dirt if it was there.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:12 PM

This is the very reason I keep my tank just above E at all times.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

The best he could of done is shoft into first gear or 1 on a standard, moved his car side to side to create more friction, going up hill of possible, if there were any guard rails he could of grinded along then to create friction (they are pear shaped so only your wheels touch), used e brake if possible, and drove on gravel or dirt if it was there.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

Turn off ignition? Put in neutral? If manual...push in clutch?

(And another damn good reason people should drive manuals)


That's a good way to blow the engine, but at least you would be stopped. :P

LMAO so you want no power steering or brakes at 200 KPH uuummmm yeah ,you do realize turning the motor off turns your accessories off right ? you would have to have the strength of at least 10 men to control the car.


Ha ha! Ok, 10 men right? Tell me then how I can steer this thing:

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:52 PM

The best he could of done is shoft into first gear or 1 on a standard, moved his car side to side to create more friction, going up hill of possible, if there were any guard rails he could of grinded along then to create friction (they are pear shaped so only your wheels touch), used e brake if possible, and drove on gravel or dirt if it was there.


Going side to side at 200kph is not an option.

Well, it is, if you want to flip and stop the whole damn car from moving.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

Some of you would have been dead if you tried what you suggested.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

As a child of the 80's I never thought I'd live to see a Renault capable of 200kph.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

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far better than keep going at 200kph with no brakes, risk murdering people.
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If he had outright shut off the ignition, the risk of killing someone was still there.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

That's a good way to blow the engine, but at least you would be stopped. :P



Blow the engine? Who gives a damn about the stupid engin. Better blown up engine than me spattered across the French countryside.

In that situation I'm praying the engine blows. ::D
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

Blow the engine? Who gives a damn about the stupid engin. Better blown up engine than me spattered across the French countryside.

In that situation I'm praying the engine blows. ::D


I dunno man, being alive in France of splattered across the highway.... Hmmm, tough choice...

I'd take splattered. :P

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:39 PM

I think he did the right thing considering he's still alive.

Pretty much everything mentioned in this thread likely would have made things end alot worse.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

Brakes weren't working anyway...allow you to coast to a stop and/or apply e-brake. There's not much power assist in steering at that speed either. Besides I have little trouble turning wheels with ignition off at a complete stop. Apparently I have the "strength of 10 men" :rolleyes: Sounds to me like you could use some work at the gym.



I challenge you to turn off the ignition even at 50km or less even and tell me how easy it is to steer, try to pull over to the shoulder . If you own a compact then disregard :)

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:22 PM

I challenge you to turn off the ignition even at 50km or less even and tell me how easy it is to steer, try to pull over to the shoulder . If you own a compact then disregard :)


I've done that before at over 80 km, if your car was running before you still have easy steering. It's only when it's been off for a while, same goes for the brakes

Neutral and apply emergency brakes gradually would of likely been the safest approach. Who cares about the motor the dealer will be paying for it

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