A Renault that kidnaps drivers...*story* 140mph journey

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  1. RenaultFreak

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    PARIS (Reuters) - A mobile phone call may have saved the life of a panic-stricken French driver who found himself hurtling down a motorway at 125 mph but unable to slow down because of a mystery fault with his luxury saloon car.


    The driver called police to say the cruise control of his Renault Vel Satis had jammed while overtaking a lorry, and that all attempts to brake or put the automatic into neutral had failed, police said Tuesday.

    The driver became increasingly sure he was about to die as his top-of-the-range model raced toward a toll station on the A71 motorway between Bourges and Clermont-Ferrand, the police officer who took the call Sunday said.

    "He was panicking. He was doing between 180 kph and 200 kph (110 mph to 125 mph) all the time. He was doing 140 kph (87 mph) and then the car just accelerated away on its own," officer Patrick Majerus said.

    The driver, Hicham Dequiedt, veered left and right to avoid traffic and even switched at times to the hard shoulder reserved for rescue vehicles, in order to avoid vehicles in his path.



    "He thought he was finished. I'm not surprised he was scared -- it's not easy to go through a toll station at 200 kph, the gap is pretty tight," Majerus said.

    Police attempting to escort him along the motorway found they were quickly overtaken. Dequiedt eventually managed to cut the engine and came to a halt around 12 miles from the toll station, which had been evacuated as a precaution.

    Renault boss Louis Schweitzer said he was mystified by the incident, telling LCI television: "As its been described to me, this incident surprises me and seems highly improbable." A spokesman said Renault experts were inspecting the electronic speed control, brakes and automatic gearbox of the car. The results should be known by early Wednesday



    :rofl: ahahahaahah what a dumb driver, you only need to either:

    1) Take the card out of the slot so the engine shuts down
    2) Brake :eek3: :rolleyes: omg a pedal to kill the cruise control!!! :rolleyes:
    3) Activate the hand brake oh noes it's too hard :wtc:
    4) Manually shut down the engine using the button

    I hope Renault does sue him for such bullshit :x:

    This is the kidnapper:

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    high res pic:

    http://speedycars.chinacars.com/wallpaper2/renault/Renault%20Vel%20Satis%202001%20-%2047.jpg
     
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    oh and the Gendarmerie couldn't keep with the guy :rofl: which is bullshit because they own fast cars for these situations, including some Porsches. My bet is that they surrendered to the all mighty Vel Satis :rofl:
     
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    You're still here? :eek4: I thought you left.
     
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    French POS
     
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    left? where? should I be leaving? :eek3:
     
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    and dumb driver.
     
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    What happens when you pull the emergency break going 140 mph? Probably make for a great spin out.
     
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    Nothing of that sort. But I haven't see you since I came back. :eek3:
     
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    if the brakes are balanced you'll just burn them I guess, I'd apply them gradually to slow down to 100mph or so
     
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    Ugly too
     
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    not anymore, it carries great reliability scores under its arm
     
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    says the man that drives old jeeps and a saturn :rofl:

    you redeem yourself with the maxima :bigthumb:
     
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    Repost. Renault has already issued statements that what he described happening is not possible and that they are going to persue legal action against him.
     
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    since I got promoted again I have no time for OT during the day

    I'm waiting the bosses to get back from a meeting so I can go with them to a client's office :)
     
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    Ah, gotcha.:cool:
     
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    I searched and nothing came out, I'm sorry for the repost. :) Run a search yourself :hs:

    I hope Renault sues his dumb ass :x:
     
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    They should. Not a bad plan on his part though. Oh, the story was from the 5th, so I'm willing to bet that it's been pruned by now. Still pretty screwy any way you look at it.
     
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    you need to have a card in the car to start it?
     
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