Lam­borgh­ini, Fer­rari in ‘Fast and Fu­ri­ous’ Bei­jing crash

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

On­line spec­u­la­tion mounted in China Mon­day as po­lice de­tained the “un­em­ployed” driv­ers of a Lam­borgh­ini and Fer­rari that crashed in Bei­jing as the sev­enth stunt- filled “Fast and Fu­ri­ous” movie opened.

Pic­tures of the man­gled wreck­age of a lime-green Lam­borgh­ini, a dam­aged red Fer­rari and other high-per­for­mance cars in a tun­nel in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal emerged on­line fol­low­ing Satur­day’s crash, which po­lice said left one per­son in­jured.

A 20- year- old sur­named Yu from Changchun in the north­east­ern prov­ince of Jilin drove the Fer­rari, while a man sur­named Tang, aged 21, from Bei­jing, was in the Lam­borgh­ini, po­lice said, adding that both were job­less.

“So­cial­ism is so good that it al­lows un­em­ployed peo­ple to drive su­per­cars,” one post­ing said on Sina Weibo, China’s ver­sion of Twit­ter, mock­ing the coun­try’s au­thor­i­tar­ian sys­tem of Com­mu­nist rule.

“What are their names? Who are their fa­thers?” an­other neti- zen asked.

A high-speed Fer­rari crash in the cap­i­tal in March 2012 killed the son of Ling Ji­hua, a close ally of then-Pres­i­dent Hu Jin­tao. Two women pas­sen­gers, one of them naked, were both in­jured.

The in­ci­dent added to public per­cep­tions in China of cor­rupt and high- living of­fi­cials, and Ling has since been in­ves­ti­gated for graft and dis­missed from his post.

The lat­est crash hap­pened at about 10 p.m., po­lice said, dur­ing heavy rain. It oc­curred two hours be­fore “Fu­ri­ous 7” broke the record for mid­night screen­ings on its launch in China, ac­cord­ing to the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

“Were they in a hurry to watch Fast and Fu­ri­ous 7?” one ne­ti­zen said.

Ear­lier re­ports said at least one of the luxury ve­hi­cles’ driv­ers was a stu­dent, and that res­i­dents had com­plained about cars rac­ing in the tun­nel, which is near Bei­jing’s em­blem­atic Bird’s Nest sta­dium.

Bei­jing po­lice ear­lier drew de­ri­sion on­line for re­fer­ring to the cars in­volved as green and red “small pas­sen­ger-car­ry­ing ve­hi­cles” in a state­ment re­leased Sun­day.

“Th­ese sure are valu­able hi­cles,” said one post­ing.

But Mon­day’s po­lice state­ment iden­ti­fied the makes of both the Lam­borgh­ini, which sells for around US$800,000 in China, and the Fer­rari, which can cost around US$500,000.

A 21-year-old driver crashed his Fer­rari at high speed in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal in Fe­bru­ary last year, killing one pas­sen­ger and in­jur­ing an­other.

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AFP

This photo taken early on April 12 shows a badly dam­aged Lam­borgh­ini car and de­bris in a tun­nel af­ter a crash in­volv­ing a Fer­rari in Bei­jing.

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