China jails two ‘Fast & Furious’ supercar drivers

China jails two 'Fast & Furious' supercar drivers

A court has sentenced two young men to up to five months in jail for dangerous driving after they crashed a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in a late-night car chase through Beijing.

Pictures of the high-performance cars’ mangled wreckage in a tunnel in the Chinese capital provoked intense public interest, especially when police announced the men were unemployed.

The Chaoyang District Court in Beijing found Tang Wentian, 21, and Yu Muchun, 20, guilty of dangerously operating motor vehicles, a court statement said.

Tang was sentenced to five months in prison and fined 10,000 yuan ($1,600), while Yu was jailed for four months and given an 8,000 yuan fine.

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The court statement said both men indicated they would not appeal.

The official news agency Xinhua described the accident last month as the result of a “real-life ‘Fast and Furious’ drag race in downtown Beijing”.

The court said Tang’s green Lamborghini reached speeds of over 179 kilometres (111 miles) per hour and that Yu’s red Ferrari went over 165kph (102mph) in their race on the rainy night of April 11.

Reckless driving is not uncommon within the district, with more than 110 cases filed so far this year, most of which involve use of alcohol and men in their 20s and 30s, the court said.

Source: The Telegraph

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Gangs of wealthy super-car drivers transform Beijing streets into illegal race track

Gangs of wealthy super-car drivers transform Beijing streets into illegal race track

Pensioners in north Beijing are pleading with the authorities for help after the streets around their homes were transformed into an illegal race track by gangs of wealthy young drivers in super-cars.

A spectacular weekend crash involving a sludge green Lamborghini and a “go fast” red Ferrari has thrown a spotlight on the extreme street racing taking place at the heart of China’s capital.

But residents of Fenglin Luzhou, a neighbourhood next to the boulevard where the crash took place, say they have been living with nightly races for years.

“I feel angry and helpless. Somebody must do something,” said Zhao Lihua, a 64-year-old pensioner whose 11th floor flat gives her a front-row seat to the terrifying high-speed races involving supercars and super-bikes piloted by super-rich Chinese.

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Beijing’s boy racers began their contests at around 10 p.m. most nights, locals said. “These racers have no character at all,” said Mrs Zhao. “They are abominable. They cannot be the children of ordinary people.”

Until just a few decades ago the streets of Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai were clogged with bicycles.

But the country’s economic boom means the roads are now peppered with a multicoloured troop of “super luxury” cars, status symbols for a new generation of Chinese capitalists.

Of the 7,318 Ferraris shipped around the world in 2012, 784 went to China. Two hundred and five Lamborghinis came to China in 2013, out of a total of 2,121.

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Some of these vehicles have made high-speed trips to the scrapyard. Last February one person was killed when a Ferrari crashed and burst into flames on a motorway near Beijing’s international airport.

Two years earlier, the 23-year-old son of Ling Jihua, a former senior aide to the then president Hu Jintao, died in a 4am crash involving his black Ferrari 458 Spider. Two female passengers were seriously injured.

In the absence of government action, the residents of Fenglin Luzhou were taking measures of their own, according to Mrs Mi. One set of neighbours recently called in the builders. “They installed triple glazing.”

Gangs of wealthy super-car drivers transform Beijing streets into illegal race track

Source: National Post

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Shoppers Admire Gold Plated Lamborghini In Beijing Mall

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This image has been circulated the web after The Telegraph posted it as a ‘Picture of the Day’. We think it has attracted so much attention because it’s such a random place to put a Lamborghini Gallardo, unless it’s part of a competition (in which case, we’ll have an entry form please).

There seems to be a trend for gold Lamborghinis. The last time we saw one was when an Aventador went to auction last year with a starting bid of $7.5 million making it the world’s most expensive car. Carved out of a 500-kilogram block of solid gold, the finished model contained 25 kilograms of the precious metal.

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Although not made for the road, it was sold with three entries in the Guinness Book of World Records, including the most expensive model car, the most secure showcase (featuring bulletproof glass) and the most luxurious logo.

The car was also a full-sized beast under the hood with a V12 engine capable of producing 700 bhp. With that, drives can go from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds. Check out this video: