This could be the plot for a movie, "Fast and Furious Canada," or maybe "Fast and Furious, the Young and the Rich."
Police in British Columbia say they impounded $2 million worth of high-end vehicles this week after witnesses reported the 13 cars racing on a metro Vancouver highway at speeds of 125 mph (200 kph).
The high-end race cars included a Ferrari, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, an Audi, an Aston Martin, Nissans and a Mercedes, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police press release.
Two of the racers would run side-by-side to block other traffic going in their direction on the highway while the others cars would take off in a race, witnesses told the RCMP.
"These drivers seemed to be looking for attention. Well, they definitely got the attention of police," Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service, said in the press release.
What the racers, who police said are all under age 21, won't get is harsh punishment.
"Each driver will be charged with Driving without Reasonable Consideration and receive a violation ticket with a specified penalty of $196. Additionally, these drivers will be responsible for all associated towing and storage charges," according to the RCMP press release.
That's because police didn't actually catch them in the act and acted only on witness accounts. They weren't caught on radar, video or seen by a police officer, Superintendent Norm Gaumont, RCMP officer in charge of traffic enforcement for the Lower Mainland, told the Surrey Now newspaper.
"I know there's a lot of disappointment, wondering why we only charged them with an offence of $196. They fact of the matter is, we have to look at all the evidence we have and what we're able to prove," Surrey Now quoted Gaumont as saying. "That's why we've charged them with driving without due consideration for the public."
If police were able to charge the 13 drivers with more severe offenses, they could have faced forfeiture of their vehicles, according to a Vancouver Sun report.
The RCMP said most of the drivers were operating their vehicles on "N" class licenses, which means they had not yet attained full driving privileges. Only one of the drivers was the registered owner of the car they were driving, Gaumont told Surrey Now.
The drivers included 12 men and one woman, according to Surrey Now. Gaumont told the paper they were on their way to have a meal when they decided to race.
According to the Sun, the vehicles were:
Dear whatajokester you clearly qualify for the Darwin Awards. D'uh
sooooooo under 21 and these cars arent stolen....im moving to canada
These kids are students with visas. The money was not earned by them in the oilpatch of Alberta.
All under the age of 21. Rich retarded kids showing off. Stupid canadians
fu....more like stupid americans...can't even keep a stable economy and your cars suck and ALWAYS will!!
So which car is the fastest?
The 2012 GT-R
Wish I was there. Me and my 2000 Ford Focus would have blown them away. I have almost 170 horses under the hood!!!
Where do people get this kind of money now a days. Hell if you make 150$.0000 a year you take home 80,0000 after taxes in Canada.
I have an extra 0 in there by accident.
Oh, extra zero on the income. I thought you meant extra zero on the Ford's horsepower, and you were being cruel. It has at least 89, not just 17 hp!
2007 Ferrari 599 â€“ 612 HP, Top speed 205 mph
2010 Lamborghini Gallardo â€“ 570 HP, Top speed 215 mph
2009 Audi R8 â€“ 420 HP, Top speed 195 mph
2012 Nissan GT-R â€“ 530 HP, Top speed 197 mph
2010 Maserati Turismo â€“ 440 HP, Top speed 177 mph
2011 Mercedes SL63 – 518 HP, Top speed 186 mph
2011 Mercedes SLS â€“ 571 HP, Top speed 197 mph
2005 Aston Martin DB9 â€“ 450 HP, Top speed 186 mph
The winner is: Lamborghini Gallardo!
Which one? As there were three of them in that race.
obv not true.. re-post with 0-60 times
People race because they don't think anything will happen to them. A tire could blow out or you could hit something in the road. I've had many friends to think the same way and they are in their graves.
And that could happen going 70mph. At least they had the consideration to hold back the "non-participants"
I must have missed the speed they were going. I just assumed higher. 125 mph? When I had my Porsche way back when, it didn't ever want to go below 90 and the sweet spot was 158. Very rarely when something passed me by at over 200, I would just speed up and stay with them. What's the big deal? And, don't use the "if someone gets hurt or dies ploy". Tens of thousands of people die every year on the road without racing. They get hurt and die driving stupidly at under 65mph.
Because it's irresponsible, illegal, and you put OTHERS in danger.
If you want to wrap yourself around a tree and blame the ever honored "deer jumped in front of me" ploy to get your insurance to pay, then you're one of the twits that increases our insurance.
Your high speed crash is no accident. It's inevitable.
Nonsense! When you had your Porsche "way back when" 158 was probably the top speed. I have a 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo. The top speed is 193. Hard for me to see how an older Porsche with less horsepower can go faster.
Just like here no police when you need them!
SO this all comes down to they'll be back out on the road racing by the weekend.
All they would have to do is run a check of the cars black box and it would show the speed.
wow you just summarized why Canadians think that Americans are stupid!
These idiots are all Asian "satellite kids" whose parents have more money than sense. They don't give a crap and when they do kill someone, they just escape back to China. Vancouver has been invaded by Chinese forces and doesn't even know it.
Where did they get their cars, you ask? Remember Vancouver hockey riots and looting last spring?
These kids have little interest in hockey or rough and tumble troglodyte behaviour, nor would they consider stealing as their credit cards are how they get anything they want.