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Beijing 'Supercar' Crash Is Just in Time for 'Furious 7' Premiere

By    |   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 10:23 AM

Two "supercars" going more than 100 miles per hour crashed in a tunnel in Bejing over the weekend, extensively damaging the cars worth more than $1 million and generating lots of publicity just hours before the premiere there of "Furious 7."

A 21-year-old driver from Beijing was behind the wheel of a Lamborghini and a 20-year-old driver from Changchun was piloting a Ferrari. Lamborghinis list for about $800,000 and Ferraris for roughly $500,000 in China.

The two drivers were taken into custody by municipal police after the Saturday night crash in the Datun Road Tunnel in Beijing's Chaoyang district near National Stadium, according to the South China Morning Post.

Authorities told the Post the two cars were racing at speeds of near 100 miles per hour when the crash happened.

The two-lane tunnel is only 20 meters across and stretches three quarters of a mile in a residential area.

Police listed both drivers as "unemployed," but authorities said they believe they belonged to the same car club.

Agence France-Presse reported that residents had complained before about vehicles racing in the tunnel.

"A high-speed Ferrari crash in the capital in March 2012 killed the son of Ling Jihua, a close ally of then-president Hu Jintao," noted AFP. "Two women passengers, one of them naked, were both injured. The incident added to public perceptions in China of corrupt and high-living officials, and Ling has since been investigated for graft and dismissed from his post."

"Furious 7" has been a huge hit overseas, taking in more than $548 million in foreign box office receipts while pulling in another $252 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.com.

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Two "supercars" going more than 100 miles per hour crashed in a tunnel in Bejing over the weekend, extensively damaging the cars worth more than $1 million and generating lots of publicity just hours before the premiere there of "Furious 7."
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