Ferrari were forced to apologise to Chinese officials yetserday after a distributor, Kuaiyi Automobile, did donuts in a special edition Ferrari 458 Italia leaving tyre marks on a 600 year old city wall. The incident happened on Nanjing’s ancient city wall. The distributer had reportedly paid a sum of money to city officials to use the wall for a static display.
The car in question was the special edition Ferrari 458 Italia released at the Beijing Motor Show last month. The Ferrari 458 Italia 20th Anniversary Special Edition marks the 20th anniversary of the first Ferrari road car ordered in China, a Ferrari 348 TS. It gets a brand new colour called Marco Polo Red, aa gold dragon livery and a ranghe of other cosmetic upgrades.
Ferrari released the following statement:
Unfortunately, an employee of the dealership – not a Ferrari employee – took it upon himself to drive the car in the way that you will see in the video, with the very regrettable result that tyre marks were left on the ancient monument.
Ferrari SpA has unreservedly apologised to the Chinese authorities and local community for any damage and offence caused, and has promised to work with the necessary officials to repair any damage caused by the negligence of this individual.
The stunt angered many Chinese citizens on social media networks.