Here’s a breathtaking 1978 short in which a camera was mounted to the front of a Ferrari 275 GTB, which was then driven like a bat out of hell (by a Formula 1 driver) from Porte Dauphine to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur in normal traffic.
On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive him at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris. The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.
No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.
The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.
Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground until a DVD release a few years ago.
Obviously the music is not from the original film. There’s only so much engine noise I can take, and that’s a song that always makes me speed when I’m driving.