Audi RS5 "With Lamborghini Engine" Races Police Helicopter, Almost Wins

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
audi rs5 with lamborghini engine races police helicopter almost wins

“I am satisfied that you were the leader of the group.

“You have an appalling record. This was an atrocious piece of dangerous driving.

“You drove through suburban streets of Wolverhampton at speeds which meant the police car could not keep up.

“You were driving on the wrong side of the road.

“You then got on the motorway and there was a moment in that pursuit that your intention was to outrun the police helicopter.”

So said the English court in sentencing Ben Westwood to nine years in prison. His offense, according to an article by London’s Daily Mirror, was in attempting to steal 21,000 pounds sterling from an ATM and then leading the cops on a high-speed chase.

His vehicle of choice was an Audi RS5, which was white when he’d stolen it. Modified with a “Lamborghini engine” and a “special racing brake”, the car was repainted black after the police became aware it was being used in the robberies.

It’s likely that the whole “Lamborghini engine” business comes from a misunderstanding: the outgoing Audi S6 and S8 had a variant of the Lamborghini Gallardo’s V10. That engine is found, with different accessories, in the Audi R8 5.2 as well. Nor would a special engine be needed to play drag race with a cop-chopper; the RS5 can knock on the door of 174mph even with the factory limiter in place.

Mr. Westwood will be forty-two years old when he comes out of prison, but if he can’t find any more work knocking over ATMs perhaps he can call up Gordon Ramsay, who was pinched doing 132mph in a 911 Turbo a decade or so ago, and whose license is reportedly always a violation or two away from complete revocation even now.

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  • Mad_science Mad_science on Aug 24, 2012

    Almost read like a "congratulations, you're hired" prelude for an evil henchman interview.

  • Willman Willman on Aug 24, 2012

    Oh Jack Baruth, I mean "Ben Weston" -wink, -wink, you so crazy. Never change your wacky Street Speed ways. Keep writing for TTAC in prison. Cheers!

  • Sinistermisterman Sinistermisterman on Aug 24, 2012

    You don't need to outrun Police helicopters. Just drive somewhere where they can't fly after you - like into the restricted airspace of an international airport.

  • Ron B. Ron B. on Aug 24, 2012

    I maybe out of line here but to me the man deserves a medal,not only has he swapped in a more powewerful engine into this thing to out run the cops (ever driven in the UK?where do you drive fast?) but he has done a really nice paint job on what is basically a boring little car which wouldn't have stuck out in the crowd. I hope his sentnence included a short parole period, which means he will be out in a couple of years. He could make more money honestly working over Audis with better paint jobs.