Nadja Wohlleben

Photographer
     
Sportwagenclub Leipzig for NEUE ZÃœRCHER ZEITUNG
Location: Berlin, Germany
Nationality: German
Biography: NADJA WOHLLEBEN   is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Berlin, Germany. In her work, she focusses on stories of resilience in the feminine human landscape. Nadja is specifically interested in stories about... MORE
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Sportwagenclub Leipzig for NEUE ZÃœRCHER ZEITUNG
Copyright Nadja Wohlleben 2022
Updated Jan 2021
Topics Documentary, Editorial, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Racing
SPORTWAGEN CLUB e.V.
Commissioned by Neue Zürcher Zeitung (2020)

Driving expensive cars with no limits: Sportwagen Club Leipzig e.V. is an exclusive men’s club that consists of 50 middle-aged members, who love fast cars, driving at speeds reaching over 300 km/h on the Autobahn. Known as an automotive stronghold, Germany remains the only country in the EU without a speed limit. Some of the members are part of ‘Fridays for Hubraum’ (‘Fridays for cubic capacity’), a counter initiative to Fridays for Future, that has over half a million followers on Facebook.

Germany's Federal Environment Agency has urged the government to finally implement speed restrictions to 130km/h on the country's legendary limit-free Autobahns. Yet, 46% of the German population refuse to accept a speed limit, as they regard driving fast as part of their national identity. 70% of all German highways still have no speed limit.

The cost for the environment is high: 805 million tons of CO2 have been recorded in 2019. However, Greenhouse gas levels in Germany have declined by almost 36% since 1990, where 1251 million tons were released. Germany could still face EU penalties if it fails to further reduce emissions within the next decade.
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