Ferrari is not an outfit that would miss out on the enormous opportunity presented by the Chinese market. Having won the grand prix there three times out of the first four it was held, the Prancing Horse marque launched a special-edition 599 there in 2009, followed by an even more exclusive porcelain-finish one-off.

For 2012, Ferrari created a special-edition 458 Italia to mark the year of the dragon, and to launch it, the local dealership in Nanjing rented out a section of the Great Wall. It's what they did with it, however, that has local authorities seeing red in more ways than one.

Apparently at some point during or after the demonstration, an employee of the dealership got behind the wheel of the limited-edition V8 supercar and pulled some smokey donuts. The problem is that the stunt left tire marks burnt into the ancient surface, leaving authorities understandably upset. What repercussions will ensue remains to be seen, but we certainly wouldn't want to be ticking off China's notoriously strict government.

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      InstantSupercar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously Autoblog, check your geography..... Do not assume all walls in China are the great wall.
      Darren McLellan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear China. You rented out the Freaking Great Wall to Ferrari. WTF were you thinking was going to happen?
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other news, China still oppresses its people.
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think appropriate penalty under Chinese law is seizure of every Ferrari owned by the dealer. One for each local communist official, then the extras for their kids living in European boarding schools... Oh, and the death penalty for the driver...
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      FYI... the City Wall of Nanjing ≠ Great Wall of China
      Jive
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was the Nanjing City Wall, not the Great Wall. You can't fit a car on the Great Wall, it's too narrow.
      Tim Chaikhraziev
      • 2 Years Ago
      They must be Mongols lol
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not even a car worthy of marring an ancient structure. The F40 would have been a much better choice, but not a pussypaddle-only, ugly, boring sounding coupe like this.
        alefradi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Yes, it has flappy paddle, and I agree that it is somewhat less exciting than changing gears with a stick. But really? Boring sounding? Ugly? What about a 4-pot NA 1.6l FIAT Multipla? I agree an F40 is *better* than a 458 by all means, but that doesn't mean the 458 is a bad car!
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @alefradi
          As we go back in time, ferrari's sound better and better, with their current engines making really underwhelming sounds. They might not sound bad, but this is supposed to be a ferrari.
      ckm
      • 2 Years Ago
      The consequence is having the word 'Ferrari' blocked from online conversations... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18006291 Since China is Ferrari's largest market, I think there will be a LOT of groveling.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not even half decent donut. Maybe because whoever's driving the 458 forgot to turn the nanny system off.
      David Hu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dumb employee. If the employee is a Chinese citizen, there's gonna be hell to pay. If not, he will probably never be allowed back in China again. Expect an apology from Ferrari soon.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I envision an entire Ferrari dealership staff in red racing suits on their hands and knees scrubbing the tire marks off with toothbrushes....now THAT would be a funny YouTube video...
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