Points for creativity and sustainability!
Authorities have confirmed they have seized a bright red 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia from criminals and gave it a makeover by painting yellow and blue stripes on the vehicle.
Dříve sloužilo zločincům, teď bude pomáhat a chránit. Ode dneška můžete na silnicích spatřit policejní Ferrari. Jde o majetek pocházející z trestné činnosti a policisté jej budou využívat ke speciálním účelům. Více v TZ 👉 https://t.co/wTt0FkJrKR pic.twitter.com/KEzMgqqOlq— Policie ČR (@PolicieCZ) July 25, 2022
The new automobile comes with a 202mph motor and will help chase down thrill-seekers, according to The Guardian.
The 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia is estimated to be around £150,000 (AUD $261,058 or USD 180,640) and has been modified by police for £10,300 (AUD $17,930 or 12,406), a painstakingly low price compared to buying a new vehicle.
Head of the police’s traffic department, Jiří Zlý, said that the car would be driven across the country to track down some of the most ‘aggressive’ criminals.
Czech Republic Police revealed that confiscated cars are usually sold with the money redirected towards damage caused by criminals. However, the Ferrari presented itself as an interesting creative venture this time.
“We keep some vehicles for official duties,” police said. “However, these are not such luxurious cars as Ferraris.”
Similarly, in 2014, through a partnership with Lamborghini, Italian State Police were given a new Huracan, which was to be used to help transport blood supplies to accident sites, according to motor1.com.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said via a statement: “We have a strong and fitting relationship with the Italian State Police.
"The new Lamborghini Huracán stands for Italian super sports car excellence and we are proud to provide it to the Italian State Police to carry out the specialist tasks these police cars undertake."
Head of the Italian State Police Prefect Alessandro Pansa also said: "Today is an important day, since two Italian excellences meet and strengthen their relationship which started in 2004 with the handing over of the Lamborghini Gallardo to the Italian State Police.
“In the last 10 years, the Italian State Police used the car for prevention purposes and in order to enhance street security.”
Although the car was donated, this partnership definitely raises a few questions about money given to the car company over the years, especially as the Italian government has cracked down on tax evaders using company money to purchase luxury cars.
ABC News reports that Prime Minister Mario Monti, who launched the crackdown on fraud, said that with the elite cheating the system, they ‘are giving poisoned bread to their children’.
Featured Image Credit: Police of the Czech Republic.
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