Video: Ferrari speedster caught

2012-03-12 08:59

TOKYO, Japan - A boastful Ferrari driver who uploaded a video of his supercar doing three times the speed limit in Japan is facing possible jail time.

The 50-year-old doctor uploaded a six-minute video showing him driving his Ferrari 458 Italia through Fukuoka, Japan, at 84km/h over the limit, police said.

Speed limits tend to be fairly low in Japan, with 40km/h not uncommon on urban roads. The driver was only averaging 124km/h in a vehicle capable of 325km/h.


AFP reports the driver telling police: "I wanted people to understand the beauty of a Ferrari. I wanted to feel proud."

Reports said outraged YouTube users called police. Officers calculated the speed by analysing the distance covered by the vehicle.

Officers identified the car and driver from the footage and a police spokesman told AFP the driver could be jailed for up to six months or fined a maximum R9000 if convicted.

The film, titled "Ferrari 458 Italia Drive in Japan 2011", can be seen on YouTube and is shot from behind the driver in the R4.5-million supercar.

It shows the vehicle pass other cars on a two-lane motorway but struggle to catch up with what appears to be a Porsche.

Watch the clip below:


  • Wesley - 2012-03-12 12:54

    haha. the Porsche destroyed him! he didnt even get close enough for the cops to get that persons plates! bahaha

      Fredster - 2012-03-12 14:10

      He was mereley following the Porsche...you can see it clearly, and secondly, it is a R4,5 million rand car mr/mrs reporter

      nbasson - 2012-03-12 17:47


      IAnon - 2012-03-12 20:21

      Good ad for Porsche !!! Thanks Ferrari-Driver ...

      Trevor - 2012-03-13 07:58

      Idiot.....if you have ever raced before, nothing is more fun than chasing...and he will NOT crawl up the other cars ass, you ever heard of stone chips....sure a Ferrari windscreen and paint repair would cost more than you make in a year...

  • Gary - 2012-03-12 13:38

    Erm, struggles to catch the porsche???, only a retard can fail to hear that the ferrari's throttle is being feathered almost all the time and shifted WAAAAY below the 9000rpm limiter, when he's said to be "chasing" the porsche. I'm a huge porsche fan by the way.......

  • Colin - 2012-03-12 15:02

    he is following the porsche and he is driving within his limits. looks like a normal drive to me

  • nbasson - 2012-03-12 17:46

    "struggle to catch up" Yeah he was sure flogging that Ferrari and not just cruising behind the Porsche! This is what happens when Huisgenoot journalists try to be auto journos. Know nothing about cars.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-13 08:01

    LMAO...article NOT written by someone who knows cars....both are BRILLIANT cars...only limit is the driver....as for racing, the Ferrari driver was a bloody IDIOT!!! Racing WITH traffic is one thing, going AGAINST it is another....but typical of people who can afford these machines, they live HARD, FAST and love the thrill of living on the edge...unfortunately, they don't give a shyte about others and that is where it goes wrong....

      Kevin - 2012-03-13 11:09

      With Italy in recession and the ex PM on Viagra Ferrari will be owned by the Chinese. Maybe they can make it as fast as a Porsche

  • Kevin - 2012-03-13 11:07

    Ferrari drivers need to feel their cars are fast as they havent seen one win a race in Formula 1 for ages. Do not think it will happen this year.

  • Quentin - 2012-03-13 22:30

    Worth watching quite thrilling but he drives a bit to fast in built up areas. Drives within his capabilities should learn about vanishing points so he can accelerate out of corners better.

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