Ferrari apologizes for employee filmed doing donuts in ChinaThu, 10 May 2012
Ferrari issued an apology on Wednesday after one of its employees was filmed doing donuts in a 458 Italia 20th Anniversary Special Edition on the 600-year-old Ming Dynasty wall in the city of Nanjing.
The online community has been up in arms, with users of Wiebo, China's version of Twitter, being allowed to complain the loudest. Much of the anger was directed at the Chinese government, which rented the wall for the occasion at a cost of $12,000. City officials say the car company did not have approval for on-wall donuts.
According to the BBC, the only damage done to the wall was the leftover rubber from the tires.
The event was held to celebrate Ferrari's 20 years in the country, but it was scuttled after the driver started hooning.
The word “Ferrari” has been blocked on Chinese servers, according to the BBC, possibly part of an effort to stem criticism of the government.
By Jake Lingeman