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    Documentary on the Autobahn

    Yesterday evening, I saw a one hour documentary on Channel 5 here in the UK called "Megastructures: Autobahn - the fastest motorway in the world". Fascinating...

    7500 miles of motorway. They showed how they are made, maintained, how speed limits are enforced on the 50% or so which is not speed unrestricted, how the hard shoulder is used automatically during rush hour or when there is a traffic build up, how it is cleaned, how the police use unmarked cars to catch speeding drivers, how the emergency services cope with accidents, how they keep the roads open in snowy weather, how the water drains away without polluting the environment, how cameras & PCs monitor everything, how people travel from all over the world to drive fast PLUS they showed an interview with Mr & Mrs Ruf!! How Ruf take Porsche cars and make them even better.

    They said normal motorways are 30-35cm thick whereas Autobahns are 55-85cm thick to make them last longer. They showed how it costs so much to build an autobahn because it should never be more than 4 degrees angle to enable people to drive constantly fast no matter what the terrain! It costs 300,000 euros to maintain 1 mile of road.

    It would be worth trying to see this programme on youtube if someone has uploaded it.

    Maybe I'm a car enthusiast (and just a gone case at that!) but I found it so interesting!

    Re: Documentary on the Autobahn

    Very interesting...I've driven on the Autobahn a number of times and it always continues to impress every time.

    I tried looking on youtube but didn't find anything yet. Maybe someone will post it soon.

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    atomic80 said:
    Very interesting...I've driven on the Autobahn a number of times and it always continues to impress every time.

    I tried looking on youtube but didn't find anything yet. Maybe someone will post it soon.


    agree..driving on the autobahn is a great experience, i always enjoy it

    Re: Documentary on the Autobahn

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    dhayek said:
    Quote:
    atomic80 said:
    Very interesting...I've driven on the Autobahn a number of times and it always continues to impress every time.

    I tried looking on youtube but didn't find anything yet. Maybe someone will post it soon.


    agree..driving on the autobahn is a great experience, i always enjoy it



    Well said , i always like driving on autobahn

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    VGA18 said:
    Quote:
    dhayek said:
    Quote:
    atomic80 said:
    Very interesting...I've driven on the Autobahn a number of times and it always continues to impress every time.

    I tried looking on youtube but didn't find anything yet. Maybe someone will post it soon.


    agree..driving on the autobahn is a great experience, i always enjoy it



    Well said , i always like driving on autobahn



    Yes, it's definitely a nice experience. The best though are the old Hitler-era Autobahns, which are really curvy and generally derestricted. Taking those corners at 260 km/h can't be beat .

    Re: Documentary on the Autobahn

    I'm fairly certain this program was produced by the US' History Channel, as "Megastructures" is a series of shows about big construction projects.

    mcdelaug

     
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