Audi makes rock solid cars. Recently, they decided to make fast cars. Recent as in the early 80’s with the Audi Quattro; in relation to BMW and Mercedes’ fast car efforts that span back to the 50’s and 30’s, respectively.
Late as they may be in the high horsepower game, Durch Technik Vorsprung proved to be an unstoppable force. From it came the venerable RS2, then the bonkers RS4. Fast forward to the 21st century, Audi now has a Ferrari rival in the R8. And in this story, an Audi RS3. A small feisty car with 400 hp and goes toe-to-toe with Ford’s Focus RS.
The Audi RS3 has a 2.5-litre inline-5 engine that can punch above its weight class. With a quarter mile time of 11.90 seconds at 117 mph, it is faster than many sports cars that are already deemed to fast. This car is the ultimate sleeper.
And that brings us neatly to the owner of this Audi RS3 that doesn’t look like an Audi anymore. As with the car, the driver is also the ultimate sleeper. Or so I presume. Luckily, Audi also makes some of the safest cars in the world. And the driver lived.
What happened was he was speeding along the old Chimay Street Circuit in Belgium which was used for Grand Prix events until 1972. So there he was scooting along at maybe 124mph. Then he flew off the road. Because he was sleeping. I swear he was because, when you watch the video, you would hear nothing but the engine. Not even a hint of hysteric screaming as the fall happened. When it was over, someone spoke. I could not be bothered to make out the words but I think it is Belgian for, “Blimey! I must’ve overslept!… Where the hell am I?”
Weirdly, that is all I have to say about it. He was not driving a supercar. There was no tree. And I don’t have a buying-a-supercar-is-completely-nonsense quote as currently I am head-over-heels in love with the Alfaholics GT-A 290R. And I promise you, if I ever get the chance to drive it beyond 124mph, I will not even think about sleep.