The average age of a Chinese Ferrari owner is 32, fifteen years younger than his American counterpart. Danwei investigated sales at the luxury car showrooms near its Beijing offices and found, among other things, that Ferrari is not exceptional:
Price range of cars in store: 3.48 to 7 million yuan
70-80 sold per year
Age range of customers: Most customers are below the age of 30, but they have customers aged up to 55 ….
Pagani cars that cost 18 to 26 million yuan
Fewer than 10 per year sold.
Price range of cars in store: 3.58 to 6.38 million yuan
More than 30 sold per month
Customer range 18 to 60 (one car in the store had just been sold to an 18 year old) ….
4.18 to 11.8 million yuan
300 sold per year
Customers are age 30 and up.
Meanwhile, chinaSMACK reported that most of the 13 young people recently stopped for street racing in British Columbia were Chinese, sent to Canada to study by wealthy parents. None was older than 20, while two were not yet 18. Their cars—a Ferrari, an Audi, an Aston Martin, two Mercedes, two Maseratis, three Nissans and three Lamborghinis—are estimated to be worth more than $2 million in total.
A local ethnic Chinese in the luxury car world revealed that all the cars and drivers involved in this street racing incident belong to a local “Super Sports Car Club” composed of young ethnic Chinese. Most members of this group are Chinese fu er dai. These members, while going to school in Canada, wear name brand watches worth tens of thousands of Canadian dollars and have mobile phones worth thousands of Canadian dollars. Their lives are extremely extravagant ….
“We aren’t trying to show off anything, much less lose face for us Chinese!” While recounting the event, many of the involved drivers did not express regret/remorse. Some drivers went as far to say, “Laowai are jealous of Chinese people in fancy cars,” and “The police lack money.” They claim that they were not speeding at all, saying if they really were going 200km/h like people say, then their fine couldn’t have been just 196 Canadian dollars.
The police offered an alternative explanation for the minuscule fines: rule of law. From The Province:
“I know there’s a lot of disappointment wondering why we only charged them with an offence of $196,” Gaumont said. “The fact of the matter is we have to look at all the evidence we have and what we’re able to prove.”
Although the case is still active Gaumont said police are currently relying on third-party evidence, which is not enough to charge the suspects with dangerous driving or seize their cars permanently.
“Certainly if I could I would in this instance, but unfortunately the evidence isn’t there right now,” Gaumont said. “We’re still waiting and hope that we’ll have other witnesses that’ll call in and give us the evidence that we require.”
chinaSMACK’s translation of netizen reactions included some less temperate advice for the Canadian authorities:
Canadian police should jail them for a hundred years for jeopardizing public safety and help this society by castrating all of them so future generations won’t have idiots.
Luxury cars of Golden Treasure Street – Danwei
Rich Chinese Youth Fined in Canada Claim Westerners Jealous – chinaSMACK
Young, new drivers in luxury cars busted after street racing on Highway 99 – The Province