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Generally speaking....Breaking the law is not a great idea but posting a video of you breaking the law is.

I wish I had one....

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The old cliche of pride comes before a fall perhaps could be changed to pride comes before a fine.

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What a tacky moron. For having a $220,000 car I sure hope he has the matching Ferrari jacket.

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pretty lame video =/ he couldnt even catch up to the other car =/ and its automatic /facepalm

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The beauty of a Ferrari cannot be seen on the roads in Japan, which makes them useless expensive things unless you can access to a circuit.

or fined a maximum 100,000 yen, if

Yaaap, I guess if you have a ferrari 100,000 yen is spare change.

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Outraged YouTube users? More like jealous YouTube users. 124kph average is no big deal, people do that on the Tomei, for example, all the time.

As for posting the video, stupid, more money than sense.

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What's that in Miles per Hour?

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but struggle to catch up with what appears to be a Porsche.

LOL Love that line.

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Arrogance is a disgusting thing.

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Why was his name withheld? Because he's a doctor? Because he's rich? Because he greased someone's palm? Because he's a friend of the police chief? If this goes to court (is that likely?) will his anonymity be protected?

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I'd better take down my POV clip of my bicycle journey to work... I'm cycling on the sidewalk at one point...

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are they sure it isnt 124 miles per hour. if km, thats totally normal in any car on any highway. something doesnt sound right at all!!

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124kph is about 78mph. Not really screaming down the road is he...unless the roads were really narrow with lots of traffic lights. It looks like he's already taken down the video.

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assuming this is the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oot0pyN-SnA then with his crappy driving skills I'm surprised he didn't actually run over someone or go over the edge of a cliff. You can even see him blatantly crossing over a solid white line.

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Don't know how you can say his driving skills was bad, they decent enough to drive at them speeds on such small and tight roads, that takes some skill and some guts.

But yeah, it's very lucky that no one was hurt.

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There seems to be one major fact missing. He was doing 124kmph in a 40kmph zone. Although the article does mention 84 kmph over the limit. The tomeii has a speed limit of (average) 80kmph. I like a little speed (20 or so over) too sometimes but this is far too excessive!! Also his driving skills are truly terrible. It puts me in mind of the movie "initial D" when takumis friend is driving and he is scared. The "wonderful" police should confiscate his car and use it themselves.

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" could be jailed for up to six months or fined a maximum 100,000 yen, if convicted. "

Is that a joke? The guy drives a Ferrari. 100,000 Yen is peanuts.

If they want to hurt him, reduce his license to only allow driving of minicar.

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Nice car, sweet road, terrible driving skills equals a fail. Oh, and is this douche wearing driving gloves?

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and its automatic

It's the only available transmission in a 458 Italia!

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Those who havent watched the vid shud do so, this guy is driving VERY dangerously on local steets, kind with a traffic light every 500m or so type, then reckless driving on a hwy type along a coast, the idiot isnt looking anywhere except stright fwd like a race horse, crosses the centre MANY times on a winding narrow coastal road.

If this dudes car isnt taken away along with his license he will end up killing or if lucky only severely injuring someone!

And the SOB is wearing red racing gloves what a PUTZ & yeah the car is automatic DOUBLE PUTZ!

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Somebody jealous informed the police. Could not stand somebody's happiness, I really hate informers.Since Kindergarten.

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With its low speed limits, buying any kind of high-power sports car in Japan is just a waste.

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Having just watched the video, not so much as a flick of the indicator lever from him, nor the Porsche driver when changing lanes, which they do often. Typical Fukuoka "driver".

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Let's all hope this rich brat has his car impounded, sold off and the proceeds go to the government. They do this in some countries that value road safety. That will hopefully teach him.

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Its much more than just the speed. He was driving on the wrong side of the road in many instances, narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic. There are so many great tracks in Japan to do this kind of spirited driving, and I'm sure he can afford the 20,000 yen track day fee, so why do this??

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I saw it and thought it was very cool.

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"I wanted people to understand the beauty of a Ferrari. I wanted to feel proud."

That's what racetracks are for.

Apparently, the "beauty of a Ferrari" is that it costs more than a Porsche which can outrun it.

A friend of mine is a track instructor, sometimes for Porsche clubs, sometimes for Ferrari clubs. He'll probably have all sorts of things to say about the doctor's driving technique. Or lack thereof.

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Zichi, the town where the new Ferarri museum has just opened is Modena.

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oh, they had a Ferrari festival in the town square in Modena yesterday. Lots of Ferraris, vintage and late models.

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The 50-year-old doctor uploaded a six-minute video showing him driving his Ferrari 458 Italia through Fukuoka at 84 kilometers an hour over the limit, police said. Speed limits tend to be fairly low in Japan, with 40 kilometers an hour not uncommon on urban roads. The man was only averaging 124 kilometers an hour in a car with an official top speed of more than 325 kph

Ok, so why doesn't the article tell us what the speed limit actually was that he was breaking?

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I rebuilt a 1973 ferrari dino 124 kph is nothing, I've goon much faster.

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I saw it and thought it was very cool.

Maybe for you - but the rest of us value the lives of our children who this anti-social tosser could very well run over next time. I hope someone trashes his car when he is not around.

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Ironically, as fast as he drives, most of the time there is a white Porsche ahead of him, who is obviously going just as fast or faster. So much for the ego boost.

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For the first four minutes of the video he's driving on an expressway so there are no pedestrians or bicycles and he can't catch the Porsche - he also doesn't look too far ahead; he's always moving into the left lane after he passes a car even if there's a bus a couple of hundred meters ahead.

The next three minutes he's driving a coastal road with pedestrians, bicyclists, cars parked on the side, housing. He - a gynecologist, by the way - is driving way too fast. He's lucky some children didn't jump out from a house or car to run across the road.

Name and shame him and fine him more than 100,000. He probably makes than in an hour.

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Saw the video. On the highway, he failed to signal while weaving in and out of traffic. On the coastal area, he drove recklessly and I have no mercy is he gets jail time.

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The moron who snitched on him should get a beating of a lifetime.

I hope the owner of this nice car gets away with this by saying that video was edited and was played at high speed.

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Yeah welcome to Japan. EVERYone is in your business all the time but not to help, just to criticize or to see you get in "trouble" for an infraction. Dont do this, dont do that, its the foundation of the culture, no sense of individuality or personal freedom.

People watching YouTube actually called the POLICE? and the police actually analyzed the video and tracked down the user....must be no actual crime in this place huh?(which is good if it were true)

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What a dick-head!! - Pity he didn't crash into a tree.. Y100,000 is an insult, should have been Y500,000 (same as drink-driving!)

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Might have been the local red Ferrari in this neighborhood. I wish I had a Porsche-in a lovely raspberry color.

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Didn't see the vid, but my guess is it was "real" Ferrari drivers that alerted the police to this guy because he was driving well below Ferrari Level. On top of that he didn't feel ashamed to say he lost to a Porsche! More than enough to kick this wannabe out of the club!

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I'm not going to condone this, BUT...

Having just watched the video on the BBC, he passes less than a handful of other road users. His speed is around 70mph in places. The roads are almost completely empty and have no buildings near by, so no pedestrians.

Again, not condoning it, but I suspect if he had been driving a Honda Life (perfectly capable of doing what he is doing in the video, but without the rorty-torty sound) there wouldn't be this fuss.

The REAL question is, how can the cops go to all this trouble to arrest him when they never seem able to arrest a few bosozoku driving right in front of their patrol cars. A bit hypocritical if you ask me.

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Why is only 'possible' he'll face jail for breaking the law BIG TIME and bragging about it? As it is, this guy is going to get less punishment than someone who drinks ONE drink and drives.

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With such poor driving techniques, he deserves a lot more than jail. This is a disgrace to Ferrari.

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This guy doesn't seem too bright for a doctor. By the way Dr. Ferrari-Driver:

I wanted people to understand the beauty of a Ferrari

What he meant to say is the beauty of FIAT! Ferrari was just allowed to keep the name, after a more responsible company saved them from poor financial decisions (Decisions probably akin to posting a video of yourself speeding).

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why don't he joins "Formula one" and satisfy his passion.

He should be punished or not. You may vote on opinionbasket.com

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It shows the car leaving an underground car park and driving along highways and coastal roads in Fukuoka, southern Japan, on the morning of 24 April 2011.

And there is more about this from other news sources.

April 2011 and police were alerted in May of that year. The doctor got in trouble now? One year after the fact?

The police had more important things to do for sure.

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“I wanted people to understand the beauty of a Ferrari. I wanted to feel proud.”

And imagine if he killed a child and said that to the parents? ''Oh I'm sorry about killing your child, but please admire the beauty of my Ferrari''. I'd lynch him.

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How can they arrest him if the video doesn't show his place or license plate?

There is a video but no proof that this is actually him!!! This country is messed up!

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you can see his face in the video so easy to ID this jerk!

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I hope someone trashes his car when he is not around.

There's no point in taking it out on his car. It's just a mechanical device. Besides, someone else will own it one day, so you would be trashing it for them too. And they have nothing to do with this doctor's lack of judgment or skill.

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" The roads are almost completely empty and have no buildings near by, so no pedestrians. "

Did we see the same video? I am not all that worried about his antics on the highway, but on that coastal road there were plenty of buildings and parking lots with vehicles right next to the narrow road. All it would take is someone carefully getting on to the road, and kazaam! There was zip safety margin. The genius doctor just assumed that everybody recognize that it was his Ferraris road on that day.

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This guy doesn't seem too bright for a doctor.

My racing driver friend saw the video after I sent him the link. He said that doctors are his worst students. They're not accustomed to taking instruction from anybody else, and have massive egos. He said it's usually not until he drives their car - while they're a passenger - that they begin to realize he knows more about driving than they do.

He had plenty of technical criticism too. The doctor isn't looking far enough ahead, he's lifting off the throttle at the wrong time ("He would have spun there and there had he been going faster, but he's so bad, he can't even get up enough speed."), rough transitions, etc.

Maybe part of the doctor's sentence should be driving an old Daihatsu Midget, or just a bicycle. Or taking lessons from the Porsche driver.

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This is the funniest thing I have read in a while. It is also so saddening that Japanese people would call this guy in though it goes to show how screwed up some Japanese people are. This would never happen in USA. Even the speed was like below the average speed of most cars traveling in LA or San Diego. Jeez Louize. I even went 140 mph once near Santa Rosa in a Saab turbo when I was about 17 years old. That is scary to think I even did that but I was so stupid at that time.

The Japanese love to follow the law so closely that I would not be surprised if someone reported me for jay walking in Tokyo 20 times a day.

This doesn't apply to all Japanese but just the screwed up wimps who need to get a life. Jealous is probably closer to the truth. Next time in gonna go 100 mph in Japan and You Tube it. Come and get me!

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You`d think a doctor would have more sense.

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I was watching this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17325832

What I'm seeing here is nearly all coast road with a high wall on his left and a barrier on the right. I see some 'lay-bys' as we call them in England, where he passes more towards the middle of the road.

I'm not condoning it by any means. Yes, an accident could have happened. Yes, it was reckless. My main point was that I doubt this would have received such publicity if it hadn't been a Ferrari. That, and the number of times I've seen patrol cars just tailing bosozoku instead of actually stopping the cretins.

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Why report on something like this just to add a kick in the balls comment in the last sentence...

"It shows the vehicle pass other cars on a two-lane motorway but struggle to catch up with what appears to be a Porsche."

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I can't believe they called the cops on him.

I'm assuming it was for just driving too fast in the city because the rest of the video was he not on a high way?

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He should go to Germany and rent one for the Autobahn. Last time I was going 250 km/h there, but it's ok, the police were even faster...

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I'm glad people called the cops on this moron. He's a crappy driver. And I've seen equally crappy drivers behind the wheel of probably every type of vehicle:supercars, not-so-super cars, trucks, motorbikes, etc. But there does seem a predominance among drivers of higher end sedans and coupes to drive very irresponsibly. Racing is all well and good ON THE TRACK where all drivers accept the risks involved. Driving on public roads, however, is a whole other kettle of fish. I hope this Ferrari driver is appropriately punished for his willing and intentional disregard for the safety of others, both drivers and pedestrians.

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next time use blurry software and a driving school

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His driving is not very good. Disaster waiting to happen.

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Ferrari's are built to be driven fast and I for one would certainly be tempted to drive fast over 50% of the time I get on the highway... but not a practical car to drive in Japan.

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I've just watched the video, epic fail just because of the gloves!

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reduce his license to only allow driving of minicar.

Society wants to punish and make an example out of him, not kill him

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The man was only averaging 124 kilometers

ONLY ?! stupid ... poorly written statement.

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In defence when questioned by the police...Sorry I don`t remember anything about the incident! that should do it!

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That white Porsche totally smoked his Ferrari... haha And speed doesn't really lead to accidents, reckless driving is...people just don't watch here, they drive same way they walk , buried in keitais.

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next time , do not show your car tag or where you live!!!

also, an HD camera would have been nicer,,,,

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Red gloves to drive, hahaha, what a moron. On the highway, as everybody is moving in one direction = well okay. On outside streets with oncoming traffic = stupid. I thought doctors have more IQ.

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To all the people (including the article's author) bemoaning that he couldn't catch the Porsche, who said he was TRYING to catch him? Odds are he was just trying to pace him. At the speeds they were going, the Ferarri could have caught him easily. Neither car was driving full speed.

That said, it scares me that a doctor (who presumably spent at least SOME time working in the Emergency Room) would go out and put so many people besides himself at risk like this. He IS all over the road in the video and at one point I thought he was going to over-steer and hit the wall when the pedestrian appeared on the RIGHT. If you're supposed to be driving on the left, pedestrians on the right should not be a concern that causes you to adjust course.

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Questions are were police officer was at the scene of this alleged violation at the time it occurred? So, police did not personally witness this alleged violation? No. When you receive a speeding ticket under normal conditions, you receive it in person from a police officer and many times you sign the bottom of the citation promising to appear in court. When you get a third party non-goverment photo camera citation, the only way you will ever hear anything about the ticket is if an officer shows up at your door with a summons for you to appear in court. Remember, these types of third party camera speed traps are a business. In these types of speed traps they just bank on a certain number of obedient ignorant people simply paying fines pleading guilty.

When preparing to fight your non-goverment regulated speeding photo camera ticket in court, be sure to check the admissibility of such a ticket in the courts within your town or city. Many courts have deemed these photo camera tickets to be unconstitutional for a variety of reasons, yet many police departments and their respective cities and towns continue to operate such traps because they know a certain percentage of the violators will just pay their fine and send it in paid in full. So do not overlook doing this important step in the fighting back process.

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What if somebody who didn't like their boss or associates and decided to set him up and professionaly edit the film by speeding up the film and make it look like he was going three times the speed limit and put in you-tube? If the police shows up in his house with a bogus evidence, and charge with a crime, how can he defend himself if there is no actual police witness? I know, Japan has 99 percent coviction rate, so there is no defense. You can touch and edit any video easily.

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Corvette is a quarter the price of his Ferrari, just as fast and does not need a mechanic to live in your home to fix it every week.

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HawkeyeMar. 13, 2012 - 05:16AM JST Corvette is a quarter the price of his Ferrari, just as fast and does not need a mechanic to live in your home to fix it every week.

Corvettes are like McDonald's Hamburger. Nothing unique and special. It doesn't turn heads. They still use the 1955 OHV small block Chevy engine that produce cheap horsepower that has been used for almost 60 years. Corvettes ride like trucks. If you want a nice performing balanced car, I would take BMW 414hp M3 or 560hp M5.

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124 km is the middle of third gear on a decent sportbike. Good thing my helmet cam doesn't show my face.

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kurumazakaMar. 13, 2012 - 08:59AM JST. As for being busted, the cops don't need to catch him. He provided proof for all the world to see. Kind of like putting a clip of yourself snorting a pile of coke online. More than probable cause for the police to pay you a visit.

What if teenager with no money did same speed and drove reckless with old Toyota Corolla and put on you-tube? Would anybody notice enough to arrest you? Would the cops knock on the door to make a same case in Japan or this is double standard because he had expensive car which means a big payday for the cops?

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kurumazakaMar. 13, 2012 - 09:15AM JST. a ZR1 Vette will eat an M3 alive. This is coming from a fellow Beemer owner/enthusiast. I would still take an M car because it is an actual functional car as well as a hot rod, but the newer Vettes are nothing to scoff at. Like the Nissan GTR, they are legit competition for much pricier super cars. (Saw a comp between a GTR and a brand new M5 on the BMW blog, and the M5 got smoked in every category)

Let's compare, 2012 BMW M--5, 0-60, 3.7, quarter mile 12.0 - 122 mph, ZL-1 0-60, 4.1 sec., and 12.1 quarter. BMW got smoked? Where?

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It’s time that manufacturers be forced to make cars/bikes incapable of speeding. For those already on the road, insist on a special licence that will result in suspension and the car/bike confiscated and scrapped.

Accessories like spoilers, oversize mufflers, etc should be banned after a grace period for manufacturers to change over to making something intelligent. The same special licence should apply to any clown mobile with these accessories fitted.

For those who really need to impress their friends, go to the local speedway and feel free to kill yourself there. No ambulances or other medical care should be provided.

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kurumazakaMar. 13, 2012 - 09:41AM JST I said M3 not M5.

You have to remember that Corvette ZR-1 has 6.2 LS-9 engine with Eaton Turbo. And you want to compare with Chevy engine that is 50 percent larger to a 4.0 M3 non-turbo engine and say Corvette could blow a smoke on M3? Well, in a road race, if you add on a turbo on the M3, the BMW will out manuverer on the tight turns and might beat ZR-1 on the entire race.

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I am glad that they caught this guy. If they let him go.. other nutcases like him would make more videos of their speeding exploits. His punishment should be loss of driving license for a long time... that would be the worst punishment for him and the safest for society.

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Many countries already limit many Car/Motorbike models on their performance output by law. So some modifications are done in the factory as to where the Car/Motorbike model gets shipped/sold.

So the same model can get different top-speeds in different Countries. Hence why often "re-imports" of a locally produced model are in demand as those are not limited.

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@It"S ME

Interesting. I wonder whether those cars can be retrofit to limit speeding. I guess people can always soup cars up anyway but should pay stiff penalties when caught.

Really glad this twit was caught before he killed someone.

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It’s time that manufacturers be forced to make cars/bikes incapable of speeding. For those already on the road, insist on a special licence that will result in suspension and the car/bike confiscated and scrapped.

Accessories like spoilers, oversize mufflers, etc should be banned after a grace period for manufacturers to change over to making something intelligent. The same special licence should apply to any clown mobile with these accessories fitted.

For those who really need to impress their friends, go to the local speedway and feel free to kill yourself there. No ambulances or other medical care should be provided.

Reformedbasher - your comment looks like being taken straight out of some communist country road policy

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@ GW - the car is not auto, it's got paddle shifters on the steering wheel...

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well, what's the use of driving fast car and breaking the law while at it, if you can't brag and boast about it. kudos to the good citizen who reported it to the local police

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I would take BMW 414hp M3 or 560hp M5.

Medical students drive those.

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'Love' the last part about struggling against the Porsche... now there's a car!

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Most likely old folks on youtube told the cops..

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Not to hard to find the one Ferrari of this model in all of Fukuoka. Did you notice the plates only had a single digit as well. Don't need to be a super sleuth to track this dumbass down.

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fined a maximum 100,000 yen, if convicted.

This guys hourly rate. Take his license away from him

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This guy is one SAD CLOWN!

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50? Should be given community service: Speaker on safety/stupidity/reponsibility at Adult Day events for the next 50 years.

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I bet you if this guy was driving a supped up JDM car like a Silvia or Hachi Roku drifting in the mountains of Saitama, nobody would have had a problem. Stop hating and let the guy who can actually afford this car enjoy himself. We got people doing normal speeds who are far more ignorant on the roads than this guy and actually kill people and get away with it but they lock this guy up!? Right Japan.

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sense he is rich he is gonna be out of jail with in hours .....

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This is still ridiculous. If he didn't have money, police wouldn't go after him. Since portable cameras are widely available to everybody that has smartphones, does police want citizens to send their "citizens have gone wild" video to pursue all the vehicles and person that are breaking the law excessively, such as speeding, running through the lights, drunken driving, excessive urinating in the public, or do they have better things to do on what is taking place now? Where is the priority by the police? Maybe they don't have one.

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On this episode of "Real stories of the Kyushu Highway Patrol"

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I hope the Porsche driver posts a video so we can catch is sorry butt too! These guys are a menace!

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Reformedbasher - your comment looks like being taken straight out of some communist country road policy

Really? I had no idea of your expertise. Which communist country are we talking about or there more than one?

I commend you in your studies in local policies across the world. As for me, I'd settle for making it physically impossible for "people" to drive at ridiculous speeds. That would solve one of the main causes of accidents but unfortunately not all of them.

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Gee are we supposed to be impressed? I was noting a little sports cars on line, a 2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse convertible $2,640,000 or 221,086,800 Yen, 1001 horsepower and 922 lb/ft of torque figures. Sorry doctor,you won't impress the rich guys, like the Arabs. [Grin] See when someone tries to impress you with how much they spend, just bring out something far more outrageous.

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