Driver claims speed record around Manhattan - FOX 35 News Orlando

Driver speeds around Manhattan in 24 minutes

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

An anonymous driver claims to have made a lap of Manhattan in a record time of 24 minutes and seven seconds, a stunt that the NYPD does not find to be amusing.

The man posted a video of the entire 26.5 mile loop taken from the dashboard of a BMW Z3.

The driver, who goes by the code name AfroDuckProduction, says he made the run on August 26th. He says he broke the record even though he had to stop at six red lights.

There has been a history of drivers recklessly trying to break the unofficial record since a driver posted a 27 minute trip around the island in 2001.

The latest trip started at FDR Drive at 116th Street in Harlem. He raced down to Lower Manhattan and then back up the West Side Highway to the George Washington Bridge before cutting back east.

The video has gotten mixed comments, with supporters praising him for his feat and others criticizing him for racing at break-neck speeds while other cars are on the road.

One person posted on his YouTube page:  "For anyone thinking this is a great idea, understand that this moron is one sneeze away from killing a family."

The driver told the auto-blog Jalopnik.com: "Whether you're a good driver or not, when you're on the road, you have a high chance of getting hit by a drunk driver, being cut off, especially in New York. Being a good driver, you're more aware of what is around you."

The NYPD says technology might help catch the law breaker.

"We've seen this before.  We've taken enforcement action," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says.  " We now have license plate readers that will help in this investigation."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NYC subway report card

    NYC subway report card

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:09:16 GMT
    "A mixed bag": That's how the Straphangers Campaign characterizes New York City subways; some good parts and some bad. For example, the C train breaks down most often, not surprising since the line has 50-year-old cars. But C trains were also the cleanest in the transit system.Straphangers said the worst subway trains were the IRT's No. 2.
    "A mixed bag": That's how the Straphangers Campaign characterizes New York City subways; some good parts and some bad. For example, the C train breaks down most often, not surprising since the line has 50-year-old cars. But C trains were also the cleanest in the transit system.Straphangers said the worst subway trains were the IRT's No. 2.
  • Plane evacuated after landing at LaGuardia

    Plane evacuated after landing at LaGuardia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:44:01 GMT
    A small jetliner made an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday afternoon shortly after taking off, authorities said. American Eagle Flight 3340, carrying 44 passengers and three crew members, departed LaGuardia heading for Knoxville, Tenn., when it had to turn around because of a maintenance issue, the Port Authority said.
    A small jetliner made an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday afternoon shortly after taking off, authorities said. American Eagle Flight 3340, carrying 44 passengers and three crew members, departed LaGuardia heading for Knoxville, Tenn., when it had to turn around because of a maintenance issue, the Port Authority said.
  • Newark police officer shot

    Newark police officer shot

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:33:01 GMT
    A Newark police officer was shot in the leg while on duty Wednesday afternoon. The officer, an 18-year veteran of the force assigned to the 5th Precinct, suffered a gunshot wound in his lower leg, according to the head of the police union. He was brought to University Hospital in Newark and appears to be in "relatively good shape," according to James Stewart Jr., the union head.
    A Newark police officer was shot in the leg while on duty Wednesday afternoon. The officer, an 18-year veteran of the force assigned to the 5th Precinct, suffered a gunshot wound in his lower leg, according to the head of the police union. He was brought to University Hospital in Newark and appears to be in "relatively good shape," according to James Stewart Jr., the union head.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices