A car like the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is full of performance potential. It incorporates a powerful powertrain, active aerodynamics and rear-wheel steering, but unleashing all its ferocity on public roads will land you in serious trouble. It happened to a California driver whom police caught driving nearly 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour) over the speed limit.
The blatant speeding resulted in a speeding ticket, which police posted on social media as an example of what not to do. It shows the driver being charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor. According to the ticket, the officer clocked the Lamborghini at 152 mph (244 km/h) in a 55 mph (88 km/h) zone.
The California Highway Patrol stopped in Santa Barbara County on Route 154. KTLA describes the route as a “winding road” with tight curves between Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. The road has limited visibility and several blind turns, which makes the driver’s speeding much more dangerous.
CHP’s social media post was accompanied by a stern warning in the caption to fellow drivers: “We know how tempting it can be to ‘open it up’ when your car is fast and the weather is nice, but save it for the track!” The agency also noted that it would continue to enforce “zero tolerance”, reminding drivers to “slow down, remove distractions, don’t drive and drive and wear your seatbelts!”
The Aventador SVJ debuted in 2018, with a 770 horsepower (566 kilowatts) naturally aspirated V12 engine. It produces 531 pound-feet (720 Newton-meters) of torque, propelling the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.8 seconds. It can reach 124 mph (200 km/h) in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 216 mph (250 km/h).
But just because the car can go as fast doesn’t mean you have to on public roads. That’s what the track is for. According KTLA, a reckless driving charge could result in a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail. Does the sentence correspond to the crime? Should the police have confiscated the driver’s car?