By on June 2, 2012


A Ferrari 458, followed by a Lamborghini Aventador were on an outing in Shanghai when a local horse riding club crossed their path. The Ferrari driver demanded the right of way with the tool commonly used in China, the horn.

The horse next to the Ferrari did what many Chinese would like to do: The horse kicked the 458 into the shins, hard.

According to Carnewschina, the Ferrari driver switched from horn to screaming, “but he didn’t call for police, likely because he didn’t have a license plate on his horse-kicked car.”

Says Carnewschina:

“This incident in Shanghai is the third set-back for Ferrari in China in a very short time. In early May Ferrari had to apologize to ‘the’ Chinese people for damaging an old city wall, and just last week Ferrari announced an embarrassing recall.”

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16 Comments on “Only In China: Prancing Horse Kicks Prancing Horse. Film At 11...”


  • avatar
    MrWhopee

    Good horse! More carrots for you! :D

    I’m frequently amazed how rich people in China are allowed to get away with, given that the country is supposedly a communist one. Even in supposedly capitalistic countries like the US they aren’t allowed to get away with such arrogant and boorish behavior. In Indonesia they’d get a beating by the masses if they behave like that, ferrari or not.

    • 0 avatar
      daviel

      The rich get away with it in all countries, especially the US. I’ve wanted to kick honking cars myself, and wish I had a horse to whack it.

    • 0 avatar
      wsn

      “Even in supposedly capitalistic countries like the US they aren’t allowed to get away with such arrogant and boorish behavior.”

      They do. Several trillion worth of bailout. Not a single cent of it is capitalistic.

    • 0 avatar
      NMGOM

      Ironically, China may better be defined as a totalitarian oligarchy with state control of economic direction. As fas as local business is concerned, it’s probably one of the least communist countries on earth right now. And even more ironically, the once proudly capitalist US is becoming more socialist with every passing decade…..

      In Indonesia, isn’t “caning” the preferred method of punishment?

      ———–

      • 0 avatar
        MrWhopee

        Nah, that would be Malaysia, our next door neighbor.

        As for your other point, I find that ironic and amusing as well. Strange world we live today, eh?

    • 0 avatar
      Number6

      Google the name “James Corasanti” to see just how little the boorish rich can get away with in America…

  • avatar
    WheelMcCoy

    That’s horse power! :P

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    A couple of years ago, a 15 year old kid on a bicycle hit my Honda Accord and clobbered the right front fender, the hood and the windshield. The tab was $2400. Imagine what you could do to a Ferrari if you and a couple of friends jumped on it with your hobnailed boots.

  • avatar
    daveainchina

    Will there be signs posted in horse stalls now teaching horses how to recognize “supercars”? Much like there is for bus drivers in China?

    Anyway, people who haven’t been to China really don’t understand. The rich in this country can do whatever they want as long as they aren’t publicly noticed or embarrass the Party.

    Copious displays of wealth like that in Shanghai are beyond commonplace. People here love to brag and show off. So the louder and more expensive the car/purse/shoes/jewelry/watch the better.

    Most likely the owner of the vehicle didn’t complain because going to court to get it fixed would have taken more time than he cared to deal with and the owner of the horse(and the rider) probably couldn’t pay anyway. It’s not like they are required to have horse insurance here.

    • 0 avatar
      MrWhopee

      Weren’t people belonging to horse-riding clubs typically rich as well? They probably drive Ferraris themselves.

      • 0 avatar
        wsn

        No. Horses are, contrary to popular belief in the west, not an expensive animal. They are not pandas, after all. The trainers of the horse don’t make a lot either. Yes, the rider is richer than the average person, but not necessarily at the level of a Ferrari.

      • 0 avatar
        protomech

        Horses do require a fair bit of labor to keep up.

        In the West, labor is expensive, driving up the cost of keeping a horse. As usage drops, the labor becomes more specialized (and more expensive). Bit of a positive feedback loop there.

    • 0 avatar
      noxioux

      Give that horse a nice basket full of brilliant red apples!

      Actually, it’s easy to understand the rich in China, if you know a little history. For some silly reason, people largely continue to insist that socialism/communism can/will/has ever eliminated economic-based class structure. If anything, those models just codfy and solidify the barriers between the classes.

      Do they just not cover the USSR in World History anymore?

      The one big difference, I guess, is that if this had happened in Moscow in the ’80s, horse and rider would’ve been quietly shot in the basement of the Lubyanka. . .

  • avatar
    daiheadjai

    Communism is the best economic system (in theory).
    So Marx and Lenin were right (in theory).

    Pink shirts, ponytails, moustaches and sandals are a good ensemble (in theory).


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