The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black is a special car. Not only for its astronomical price tag and equally astronomical performance, but for its uncanny ability to remove its owners from the road – permanently. This is exactly what happened to Erik Paris, a Belgian national of whom a video was posted online showing he ratcheting his Aston up to 292km/h on the E17 highway in Belgium. His passenger uploaded the footage to YouTube.
Court proceedings wrapped up late this past week, leaving Erik with a two-and-a-half year ban from driving on Belgian roads as well as a 4,400 Euro fine. So, a couple hundred Euros less than filling the tank. In all seriousness however, Paris originally faced a maximum ban of five years — in which to get acquainted with all the intricacies associated with human powered transportation. It is only speculation, but with a monetary fine doubling what was originally levied against him, his lawyers may have been able to pony up the extra cash in order to alleviate his ban to some extent.
Erik Paris has reportedly sold his Aston Martin Vantage V12 Carbon Black in light of his recent bout with the law.