The Guangzhou-Shenzhen highway along the Zhujiang River, which opened only late last year, has become the favorite race track for a group of affluent Hong Kong car owners, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
Last Thursday and Friday, Shenzhen police arrested at least 13 Hong Kong people for overspeeding on the new highway.
Video surveillance footages suggest that 12 race cars were racing on the 90-kilometer highway at 300 km per hour, well above the speed limit of 100 kph.
The race cars included a Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe and a Ferrari 450 Italia, both costing over HK$3 million (US$386,879) each, as well as a McClaren MP4-12C which costs around HK$4.15 million. The 12 cars are estimated to be worth a combined HK$30 million.
Police said the suspects could face charges of reckless driving, which could result in a jail term of one to six months.
At the speed of 300 kph, the racers took only seven minutes to travel from Shenzhen’s Nanshan district to Dongguan.
The car owners had reportedly applied for 11-day licenses to drive on the mainland.
A driver surnamed Zhang, who witnessed the illegal car racing while driving on the highway, said one of the cars was only 20 centimeters away when it zoomed past him. The high speed created a turbulence that shook his car.
“I was scared to death,” he said. “There would surely be casualties if a collision occurred.”
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