Florida Uber Driver in Stolen $250,000 Ferrari Busted by Cop’s License Plate Reader

A Florida Uber driver lost his best shot at a five-star rating after police busted him driving a $250,000 Ferrari California T that was stolen from a dealership almost a month ago, the Gainesville Police Department announced in a savage Facebook post on Thursday.

In a series of "Pro Tips" for would-be thieves, Gainesville Police shared the story of 26-year-old Hilburn Jay Brendon Hunkins, who was arrested on Thursday morning after a poorly-timed encounter with a police cruiser on State Road 93 in Alachua County. As the post reads, "If you ARE going to steal a $250,000 Ferrari...with the window sticker still on it...DON'T drive next to a Gainesville/Alachua County Drug Task Force vehicle with a License Plate Reader." Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), he wasn't logged into Uber at the time.

WFTV News reports the officer spotted the black Ferrari driving "suspiciously" slowly next to a red Corvette on the highway, and a quick scan of the license plate confirmed the supercar had been reported stolen from Ferrari of Palm Beach back on December 9. The officer pulled Hunkins over, who told him the Ferrari belonged to a friend—though he was unable to provide a name or phone number to confirm his story. Hunkins then reportedly asked if he could use his phone during the stop, and attempted to reset the device and erase its contents before the officer stopped him and arrested him for felony grand theft.

Those are wise words from the Gainesville Police Department, especially the part about not leaving the window sticker on the $250,000 car you stole. The best part of their announcement might be the disclosure that despite the 18 miles per gallon promised on the sticker, officers were only able to eke out 10 mpg on the drive back to the station. They're kidding, of course—or are they?

Hunkins is reportedly being held without bond at the Alachua County Jail, while the Ferrari California T has since been returned to the dealership. It's not known if Hunkins had driven any Uber passengers in the stolen Ferrari over the last month, but it would appear his ride-sharing days are over.

Watch This Ferrari F40 Play in the Snow

The Ferrari F40 is one of the most beautiful creations mankind has released on this green earth. Its small displacement, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine made sounds that most men can only dream about, and its iconic looks were slathered on posters that lined the walls of every car lover's childhood bedroom walls. Now, you can watch one behave like a kid in the fresh white hell that is snow.

Once upon a time in 1987, Ferrari dropped a bombshell on the world. They straight up changed the way that supercar culture would be molded in the coming decades without even trying. The F40 was unleashed onto the streets, capable of reaching speeds of up to 201-miles per hour. The high revving 2.9-liter V-8 was force-fed by twin IHI turbochargers, resulting in an impressive 471-horsepower available at the push of a pedal. Enzo Ferrari's last creation would serve as a monument to the industry forever.

And boy, was it successful. Over the next five years, 1,311 units were produced to raise hell. Even Lamborghini was even determined to copy the success of the F40 when it styled the successor of the infamous Countach, the Diablo, with similar edgy body lines and priced it nearly half the cost.

So, now that you have a rare and priceless machine placed at your fingertips, what should you do? Drive it, of course. Make beautiful music by using the gas pedal as your conductor's baton, and make others descend into madness with your actions. One particular driver did just this by hooning it up in the snow. Albeit the car isn't going very fast or far, but still watching the monster behave like a $1,500 rear-wheel-drive beater in the hands of a 17-year-old kid is entertaining.

One thing that we often forget to remember is that the F40 is a machine; it's meant to be driven. We idolize these kinds of supercars and stash them away, afraid to drive them and ruin their purity. Seeing this Ferrari romp around and do donuts, as lackluster as they may be (especially since we've seen it do much more in the snow), deserves a certain place in our hearts to remember that cars are cars.

Faraday Future Boss Jia Yueting Refuses To Return To China Despite Orders From Regulators

Jia Yueting, founder of Chinese tech giant LeEco and recently-appointed CEO of Faraday Future, is refusing to return to China despite orders from regulators. Jia was summoned back to his home country to address LeEco's considerable debts.

Jia said he needed to stay in the United States because he was making progress on raising money for Faraday Future, reports Reuters. In a statement, Jia said he had sent his brother, Jia Yuemin, to meet with the Beijing branch of the China Securities Regulatory Commission on Friday to discuss the debt issue.

"The fundraising for Faraday Future in the United States is making significant progress and there are many tasks I need to push forward in order to ensure the production and timely delivery of the FF 91," Jia said.

In December, Jia was placed on a Chinese debtor blacklist, but also took over as CEO of Faraday and claimed he had raised $1 billion for the automaker. Faraday has relied primarily on funding from Jia and LeEco, which itself has run short on cash. LeEco's instability has created questions about whether Faraday can actually get the FF 91 into production.

The automaker pulled out of a deal with the state of Nevada to build a factory in North Las Vegas, instead opting to convert an old tire factory in California into a smaller assembly plant. The last few months have also seen an exodus of executives, including the company's supply-chain manager, chief financial officer, and design boss.

Even Jia may not be as committed to Faraday as he seems. Despite taking over as CEO of the beleaguered automaker, he reportedly transferred his controlling shares in Faraday's holding company to his nephew, Jiawei Wang.

181 in a 75: Here Are the 20 Fastest Speeding Tickets in Texas in 2017

As the saying goes, everything's bigger in Texas. You may know that the Lone Star State currently boasts the highest speed limit in the country: 85 mph, reserved for a stretch of State Highway 130 between San Antonio and Austin. And so it holds that Texas would also have some America's fastest speeders as well.

In what's becoming one of The Drive's favorite holiday traditions, the Houston Chronicle posts an annual list of the most outlandish speeding tickets from across the state over the past year. The Texas Department of Public Safety provided the details of 230 tickets issued on the state's major routes and highways in 2017, all of which were above 120 mph.

But even when it comes to lead-footed lawbreakers, some are more determined than others. The vast majority of those drivers were clocked between 120 and 138 mph, while only twenty were foolhardy enough to venture above those speeds on public roads. And even though catching a reckless driving charge and getting your ride impounded doesn't quite count as a "win" in our book, someone has to come out on top as the fastest speeder in the land, notoriety be damned.

Below you'll find the speeds, locations, and vehicles involved in the twenty fastest speeding tickets in Texas in 2017. You'll see that almost three-fourths of the speeders were riding sportbikes (which some troopers knew enough about to list specific models), while the rest were rocking the kind of American muscle you always imagine screaming down a dusty Texas highway into the sunset—except for one intrepid soul in a BMW i8.

#20: 139 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: I-20 in Eastland County
Ride: Red 2007 Suzuki motorcycle

#19: 140 mph in a 65 mph zone

Road: I-10 in Bexar County
Ride: Blue 2008 Honda CBR

#18: 140 mph in a 65 mph zone

Road: I-10 in Bexar County
Ride: Black 2008 Yamaha motorcycle

#17: 140 mph in a 60 mph zone

Road: SP-601 in El Paso County
Ride: 2015 Aprilia RSV

#16: 140 mph in a 50 mph zone

Road: Custer Road in Collin County
Ride: 2015 Ford Mustang

#15: 143 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: US-90 in Coryell County
Ride: Black 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle

#14: 143 mph in an 80 mph zone

Road: TW-130 service road in Williamson County
Ride: Black 2014 BMW i8

#13: 144 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: US-190 in Coryell County
Ride: Blue 2015 Suzuki motorcycle

#12: 144 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: US-190 in Coryell County
Ride: Green 2016 Yamaha motorcycle

#11: 145 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: SH-6 in Falls County
Ride: Red 2009 Pontiac G8 GT

#10: 146 mph in a 65 mph zone

Road: SH-67 in Johnson County
Ride: White 2017 Chevrolet Corvette

#9: 149 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: SH-70 in Fisher County
Ride: White 2017 Suzuki GSX

#8: 150 mph in a 70 mph zone

Road: I-35 in Hays County
Ride: Blue 2009 Suzuki GSF

#7: 155 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: US-81 in Wise County
Ride: Black 2016 Kawasaki 800

#6: 156 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: I-40 in Carson County
Ride: Red 2016 Chevrolet (no model listed)

#5: 156 mph in a 70 mph zone

Road: SH-195 in Williamson County
Ride: Black 2006 Suzuki GSX

#4: 156 mph in a 70 mph zone

Road: SH-195 in Williamson County
Ride: 2014 Chevrolet SS

#3: 160 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: SH-44 in Nueces County
Ride: Red 2006 Suzuki motorcycle

#2: 160 mph in a 55 mph zone

Road: I-45 in Galveston County
Ride:
Silver 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8

#1: 181 mph in a 75 mph zone

Road: US-90 in Coryell County
Ride: Red 2012 Honda CBR1000

Bring in the New Year with an 18 Vehicle Burnout Spectacular

?????As car enthusiasts, we normally set goals for the new year. Start a new project car, finish a project car, attend more track days in the coming year, or something of the sort. Whatever your New Year's resolution is, it’s safe to assume that you spent the holiday hanging with friends and family, which isn’t exactly how our friends at Hoonigan spent it. Hoonigan organized an 18 vehicle burnout at its headquarters, the Donut Garage, for the most recent episode of Daily Transmission.

Organizing an 18 vehicle burnout is not as easy as it sounds. The Hoonigan crew normally throws water down to make burnouts easier, but in this case, they decided to chock some of the wheels. With 18 sets of wheels creating tire smoke, they didn’t want anybody to drive into someone else’s car. Along with the safety issue, they had a fleet of fire extinguishers and, during the Hoonigan drivers’ meeting, they did a roll call of which cars were most likely to catch fire and made sure those had fire extinguishers in the passenger seat.

The participating 18 vehicles:

  • Can-Am
  • Dodge Hotrod
  • BMW 135i (subbed out for a Yellow Chevrolet Express Van)
  • S14 240SX
  • Mustang GT
  • Datsun 240Z (Larry Chen's)
  • Camaro SS
  • Chevy Prerunner (Kibbetech)
  • '68 Camaro
  • FB RX-7
  • Rat Rod
  • S13 240SX
  • E46 M3 (Hoonigan Vinny Anatra's)
  • Deathproof Nova
  • Shartkart (Hoonigan's modified Mazda Miata)
  • TwerkStallion (Hoonigan Hertrech Eugene Jr.'s drift car)
  • Sh!tcar (Hoonigan's cult followed BMW garage special)
  • Napalm Nova (Hoonigan Co-Founder Brian Scotto's)

The BMW 135i had to be subbed out, because no wheel chock engineering could keep the car stationary while attempting burnouts. They subbed in what Larry Chen called the "Free Candy van", a yellow Chevrolet Express. Chen happened to break his one-off Datsun 240Z build while attempting the burnouts; it was featured in a previous Daily Transmission episode that we covered. In fact, many of the cars are significant. Others were featured on Daily Transmission episodes such as the Kibbetech Chevy Prerunner which came in at #4 on my Best of Daily Transmission list. There are even a few that you can even drive in a video game such as the TwerkStallion and the Napalm Nova in Forza Motorsport 7 via the Hoonigan Car Pack.

The video is great not only because of the 18 vehicle burnout, but you also get to see the planning and organizing of what it takes to make it happen. Check out Hoonigan's tire-shredding spectacular New Year's video below.