'The real Fast & Furious': Inside world of boy racers who turn roads into Formula 1 tracks but 'don’t give a s*** about police'

22 May 2023, 15:59

Boy racers push speeds near 200mph
Boy racers push speeds near 200mph. Picture: Channel 4
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

A new social media trend has seen a rise in the number of boy racers turning roads and motorways into the 'real life Fast & Furious'.

The reckless drivers hit speeds as high as 180mph as they race along Britain's roads late at night.

Some groups see the road as a competition, with one group setting up bets as high as £10,000 as boy racers compete for the top spot.

In a new Channel 4 documentary, Untold: The Secret World of Boy Racers, one participant said: "The ladder is a nice way to compete, to have fun.

"Every so often money comes into it when somebody’s getting a bit too c***y. You can put down £5,000 to £10,000 in one night."

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He adds: "I’m not worried. I’ve got 700 horse power on tap.

"Nobody’s catching me."

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Another boy racer, who described himself as 'Race' in the film, told the documentary he has 21 points on his license.

He said: "I was doing 140mph down the M6. For me, there’s no better feeling than your heart absolutely f***ing racing."

He added: "I just don’t worry. If they’re going to send out an Insignia or a Corsa and I’m driving a BMW, I’ll be fine."

Boy racers compete for £10,000 prizes
Boy racers compete for £10,000 prizes. Picture: Channel 4

According to another boy racer, Speed, drivers hit speeds as high as 180mph, but added that he will not be happy until he has hit 200mph.

He said: "Everywhere I go, cameras out, videos, thumbs up, crowd pleaser, that’s what it is."

Speed added: "I want the attention. I think this car is a way of me expressing myself. It’s like my personality has spilled out onto this car."

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