UPDATE: Kansas Police Arrest Nissan Skyline Driver Doing 176 MPH after His Engine Explodes

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Photo: screenshot from Facebook
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In a scene that might as well belong to the upcoming Furious 7 motion picture, a driver in Kansas reportedly led police on a 176 mph (283 km/h) chase, with the man being stopped only by the explosion of his engine.
The insane pursuit took place on the I-35 on Sunday morning at around 7:30 AM, taking Kansas Highway Patrol and County Sheriffs through three counties in about 20 minutes of runaway action.

The driver, Robert D Bell, wouldn't give up, with the chanse ending only when his engine blew in yet another Fast and Furious-like scene.

The man was arrested and is facing quite a list of charges, from speeding and reckless driving, through impeding normal traffic flow and unsafe lane change to fleeing or attemptiong to elude a police officer, to driving with an expired tag.

Thus, it's no wonder that the Franklin County Sheriff's Department said the bail sits at $100,000. Just under the price of a brand new R35 GT-R.

Bell was repotedly heading to a Wichita Import Face-Off racing event at the time. We checked a photo gallery from the event, which confirms Bell's car didn't make it.

Speaking of which, to make matters even worse, the man was driving a car that's not street-legal in the US. We are talking about an R33-generation Nissan Skyline.

The authorities are known to have crushed Skylines that are not 25 years old and thus not street-legal in the past, but it's not clear what will happen to Bell's Nissan.

That's because he may have turned to some of the import community Skyline-legalizing gimmicks. For instance, there's a company called Motor X who imports these go-fast rides and makes them legal using a loophole, while certain examples of the Skyline are titled as other vehicles, such as Nissan 240SX, which is street-legal in the US.

There's even a Facebook page dedicated to Nissan's RB motors, which has an entire album showing Bell working on his R33. Too bad he chose to put what appear to be cool fabrication skills to illegal use.

As for the images above, these are screen caps from a racing video the man posted on social media.

The majority of racing event that take place on closed courses lead to street racing as an extra, with social media even including call-out lists and dedicated pages, so this is just one example that happened to capture the authorities' attention. After all, street racing movies are inspired from real-life situations.

UPDATE: With the required grain of salt, we have something to tell you. A user who claims to be Robert Bell has reached out to us. The man explains his Skyline is, in fact, legal since it’s been handled by Motorex, which indeed takes care of such business. He added the bail was $1,000, not $100,000 while the screen caps come from a piece of footage that has nothing to do with street racing.
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