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Video: Ferrari speedster caught

12 March 2012, 16:57

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:


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