A convoy of luxury cars led by a rich daredevil recently attempted to speed through the Sichuan-Tibet Highway — considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in China, winding through ravines and mountain ridges that only the most skilled drivers swerve through unscathed — let’s see how that went for them.
First, who were these daredevil drivers? Well, it was 29-year-old Ni Haishan, a very wealthy man — so wealthy, in fact, that he could gift ten of his employees Maseratis, while he drove a 5.3 million RMB Ferrari himself, Chengdu Business Daily reports.
The excursion began on March 18th — and also ended for one Maserati, which was forced off the road.
But Ni and his Ferrari made it through with no problems.
Until two days when he lost his entire back wheel.
Eventually, a tow truck was called in to make repairs. And by the next day, he was back on the road, after also working something out with his insurance company.
On the 22nd, the convoy crossed the frightening Nujiang Bridge.
When they arrived at Nyingchi county, peach blossoms were there to greet them.
However, calamity struck again on the 24th with the Ferrari needing another tire to be replaced.
But it all came to a noble end. The bumpy and treacherous journey ended at Lhasa. However, there was a considerable price to pay: three of the Ferrari’s tires were ruined, while six of the Maseratis had been wrecked along the way.
Finally, the five remaining drivers visited Kekexili, a vast and wonderfully desolate nature reserve, and also a location where tire repairs are hard to come by. Great views though.
As it turns out, the race wasn’t only a company bonding experience between Ni and his employees, it was also meant to show off his incredible wealth.
“Is it a problem to flaunt your wealth when you’re rich?” Ni asked.
According to the boss man, if he wasn’t out there on the backroads of Tibet flaunting it, customers wouldn’t think his business was doing well and wouldn’t invest with him.
The sacrifices some people have to make.
By Kitty Lai
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