Nanjing, China (CCTV/CNN) - Tourism authorities in Nanjing of east China's Jiangsu Province have come under fire after a Ferrari sports car was allowed to perform stunts at a centuries-old historical site last Sunday and allegedly causing damage.
Authorities from the Nanjing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage and the tourist bureau of the city's Qinhuai district arrived at the gate on Monday afternoon and stopped preparations for the exhibition.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Ferrari China said the drive was the result of unauthorized action taken by staff from Kuaiyi Automobile, a distributor of Ferrari cars in Nanjing.
The automaker "deeply regretted" the incident and promised to cooperate with local authorities to solve the problems incurred.
A special-edition Ferrari 458 Italia, valued at six million yuan, was hoisted onto the Zhonghua Gate (Gate of China) to performed "drift" on ramparts of the ancient city wall in the run-up to a Ferrari show.
The gate, erected during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), covers 16,500 square meters and consists of a gateway and a castle on the top.
The "drift" performance clearly left skid marks on the gate's brick structure. The tourist administration of the Zhonghua Gate said the Ferrari was supposed to be on display for a ceremony on Monday marking the 20th anniversary of the Italian company's entrance into the Chinese market.
The company spent 80,000 yuan for the ceremony to be moved onto the gate, according to local media, which added that the scenic spot was closed for half a day, incurring complaints from visitors.