Don’t speed, and police won’t take your supercar.
Many of us get our first taste of vehicular freedom when we turn 17. We’re young and dumb, filled with an entitled sense of invincibility. As you grow older, our youth is no longer an excuse for erratic, dangerous, or otherwise juvenile behaviour. Instead, you’re just dumb, and the law doesn’t take too kindly to dumb, especially on the road. That’s what happened to one Canadian man who, after just 10 minutes of ownership, had his 2019 McLaren 600LT impounded.
According to CTV News Vancouver, the 39-year-old driver, who had just purchased the McLaren, was pulled over by West Vancouver police for excessive speeding. Police recorded the man travelling 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone on 17 June.
It wasn’t until police pulled him over did the authorities learn just how new the man’s car was. That’s when police learned, while conducting their investigation, the man had bought the supercar a mere 10 minutes beforehand. And Canada does not take kindly to speeders. Police towed the car from the scene, impounding it for seven days for excessive speed. Police also handed the man a $368 (approx. £220) fine.
Gallery: McLaren 600LT
West Vancouver Police Cost. Kevin Goodmurphy said it’s not so much about the driver’s ability to drive at high speeds, but rather his or her reaction time to other vehicles on the road, and the danger that can create.
The McLaren 600LT debuted last June packing 562 bhp and 443 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8. The supercar can hit 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and 124 mph from a standstill in 9.5 seconds. Top speed is 204 mph.
With a starting price just north of £185,000, the McLaren 600LT owner should have little trouble paying the ticket. However, having a car impounded for seven days would be a bit frustrating. Then again, you wouldn’t get your car impounded if you followed the law.