The son of a billionaire sheikh whose £200,000 Ferrari was displayed outside Scotland Yard as a warning to uninsured drivers has bragged how it was returned when police discovered who he was. The supercar was put on show outside the Met HQ to let illegal drivers know that their cars would be seized – whatever they were driving.
But the owner of the Ferrari FF, Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi – son of the Emir of Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates – boasted on his Facebook page that the Yard had handed the keys back as soon as they identified him. He wrote online: “Arab money talks”
But a Met spokesman said the owner would have been forced to pay a fine and provide accurate paperwork before the car was returned.
The spokesman said: ‘In relation to the Ferrari, it has been reclaimed by its owner.
‘We can’t talk about the personal circumstances, but to reclaim a vehicle, an owner must pay the fine, recovery fee, storage costs and produce the correct documentation verifying they have valid insurance and possess a licence.’
Rashid, who is known in Ajman by his nickname RRR, short for Rich in Real estate Resources, posted pictures on Facebook of his Ferrari accompanied with the statement: ‘My Ferrari got Seized in London, then they found out who i was and gave it back’.
In the comments on the post, Sheikh Rashid explained ‘I took it to London and I didn’t pay insurance and the BRITISH POLICE took my car away, but then I told them who I was.’
He then wrote ‘Arab Money talks’ followed by a smiley face emoticon.
The car can reach speeds of 208mph and can go from 0 to 60mph in just 3.7 second