Hunted by Pegasus Porsche 911 GT3 RS was circulating at 242 km/h in Spain
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 28, 2017
On 25 September, a Pegasus helicopter from the General Directorate of Traffic struck a new record by hunting an offender traveling 242 km/h on the A40, passing through Ocaña, Toledo. This is the highest speed ever recorded by DGT helicopters. The reckless driver was driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The Pegasus helicopter located the offending vehicle at high speed on the A40 or South Plateau Highway (doubling, in fact, the roadway limit) and started tracking. After informing to the patrols of the Civil Guard of the zone, the agents stopped the vehicle a few kilometers later and proceeded to the arrest of the driver.
The man of the GT3 RS - registered in the United States, by the way - is accused of a crime against road safety that could lead to the withdrawal of the driver's license, imprisonment of three to six months and a fine of 600 euros. The DGT has not provided more information about the offender, so we do not know if it is a Spanish citizen or a foreign citizen. If you are an American, you could not remove the card, but confiscate it and prohibit it from circulating in Spain.
How does Pegasus work?
The monitoring system of these helicopters of the DGT is based on a camera, operated by one of the passengers of the same. It is a camera with two objectives, one that follows the vehicle and another with a greater focal length, capable of capturing the license plate in detail in order to process the corresponding complaint.
The measuring system, using laser range finders, takes nine seconds and is less than one kilometer from the target vehicle to make three measurements of the speed of the vehicle and calculate a mean, which is used in the complaint. It has a margin of error of 3% (lower than that of conventional radars) and is capable of measuring speeds between 80 and 360 km/h.