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Fewer than 500 Ferrari LaFerrari supercars were made, and now one of this rare batch is part of an investigation into an illegal street race by the Beverly Hills Police Department and the U.S. Department of State.
Video posted online shows a yellow Ferrari LaFerrari — which can go 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds — and a white Porsche speeding through a Beverly Hills neighborhood on Saturday, at one point even running a stop sign with other cars at the intersection.
The LaFerrari — which has 950 ponies under the hood — is driven so hard that the engine begins to smoke as the car is steered into a driveway.
Officers responded to the area and were told by the owner of the cars that nothing illegal happened, and, what’s more, he has “diplomatic immunity,” said Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, spokesman for the Beverly Hills Police Department.
It is unclear if the owner does have diplomatic immunity, but the State Department is now looking into the matter since the LaFerrari is registered in Qatar, Hoshino said. It is unclear where the Porsche is registered.
The LaFerrari model went into production in 2013 and is the successor to the Enzo Ferrari, of which only 400 were made. The LaFerrari sold for between $1.3 million and $1.5 million and has doubled in value since, according to a Ferrari sales consultant based in Las Vegas.
Neighbors couldn’t care less how fancy the cars are; their concern is people’s safety, they told NBC4.
“The kids were terrified and the neighbors were out, and this woman was screaming ’cause her husband almost got run over,” Roya Levian told NBC4.
Authorities are also concerned.
“The BHPD has zero tolerance for this type of driving, which recklessly endangers the public at large,” police said.
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