Speeding McLaren clocked at 108mph on Northamptonshire dual carriageway

Driver's £760 fine for whizzing along A43 in £185,500 sports car

Friday, 12th March 2021, 11:04 am
Updated Sunday, 14th March 2021, 1:55 pm

A motorist landed a £760 fine for speeding in a £185,000 McLaren sports car on a Northamptonshire dual carriageway.

Police speed cameras clocked 49-year-old Robin Knight's McLaren 600LT V8 at an eye-watering 108mph on the A43 near Towcester driving in June last year.

The legal limit on the dual carriageway is 70mph.

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Magistrates in Northampton fined Knight, of Oxfield Park Drive, Old Stratford, £760 after he pleaded guilty and also ordered him to pay a £76 surcharge to fund victim services and £90 prosecution costs £90. He also had six penalty points added to his licence.

The McLaren 600LT V8 is a member of the Formula One company’s Sport Series road car family, capable of 0-124mph in eight seconds with a top speed of 204mph.

Northamptonshire Police enforcement cameras make regular checks on a number of locations across the county, including the A43 between Brackley and the M1.

One such visit this week revealed ten speeding cars, nine goods vehicles over their restricted limit and three occupants not wearing a seatbelt.

The Mclaren 600 LT has a top speed of 204mph

PC Dave Lee, of the Safer Roads Team, said: “Motorists who continue to ignore the rules of the roads are putting their lives and others at risk.

“I have seen first-hand the devastating effect speeding can have not only on those involved in a collision but also family, friends and the wider community, so please stick to the speed limits.”

Speeding is one of the 'Fatal Four' traffic offences, alongside drink or drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while at the wheel — which are most commonly linked to deaths or serious injuries on the roads.

Latest published figures for 2019 revealed road deaths in Northamptonshire hit an eight-year high with 42 people killed and a further 347 seriously injured.