A mystery man has broken the record for the fastest lap around Manhattan — and police are investigating.
In a YouTube video posted under “AfroDuck Productions,” the speed demon makes the entire 26.5 mile loop are Manhattan on August 26th in just 24 minutes and seven seconds. The previous “unofficial” record time was 26 minutes, set in 2010.
Speeding in a BMW Z4, which can reach a staggering speed of 155 miles per hour, the driver starts his route at 116th on FDR Drive downtown, heads back up the Henry Hudson Highway then back to Harlem, weaving in and out of lanes. The concrete jungle racer stops at six stoplights on his journey through the borough. AfroDuck averaged 66 miles per hour during the ride.
While many car racing enthusiasts are singing the driver’s praises in the comments, others — especially the NYPD — are not amused.
“We now have license-plate readers in the city that will assist in this type of investigation,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, vowing to track down the driver.
“Im from NY…I congratulate you, nicely done. Oh yeah…1 more thing, they had your video on channel 7 news. Now the NYPD is looking for you! Fly under the radar my dude!” one fan commented under the video.
Others were less impressed with the record, with one saying, “People like you get other people killed while you walk away with barely a scratch.”
AfroDuck bragged about his record to website Jalopnik and waved off his detractors, saying, “Being a good driver, you’re more aware of what is around you. Being a fast driver doesn’t mean that you’re inherently a bad or reckless driver. Like I said before, I’m in control. That said, understand traffic patterns, understand what’s around you and understand how others control or don’t control their cars.”