Car crashes are not uncommon, especially when vehicles are made for cruising at high rates of speed. This Ferrari FF was involved in a fatal accident when the supercar failed to stop in time. Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya was driving the 2011 Ferrari when he hit a police officer while going more than 100 mph. While this crash initially took place in 2012, its effects are ongoing.
Not many of the 2011 Ferrari FF were made
The 2011 Ferrari FF was a four-seater supercar that Ferrari only produced for a few years. The Italian luxury sports car manufacturer made the FF from 2011 through 2016 but only produced about 2,000 of the vehicle. According to an old press release from Ferrari, FF stood for “Ferrari Four” and debuted at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show.
It was touted as one of the most powerful and versatile cars ever made, complete with a mid-front V12 and 650 hp. The supercar was also one of the first four-wheel-drive models produced by the brand. It had a different shape to it and resembled a hatchback vehicle more than a typical supercar. It cost around $300,000 initially, and the Pininfarina inspired it. But what does any of this have to do with Red Bull?
The Ferrarri FF crash led to an ongoing battle for Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya
Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, managed to get his hands on one. According to an article by The Guardian, Vorayuth was driving the Ferrari FF back in 2012 when the supercar was involved in a hit and run accident. Interpol, the international police organization, said that he was driving recklessly at the time and killed a local police officer. This case has big Ferrari energy, even though Red Bull is shamefully involved in it. Vorayuth later admitted fault for the supercar crash and turned himself in.
The 2011 Ferrari FF had significant front-end damage that is visible in the photos. The Ferrari FF was assumed to be going over 110 mph when it struck and killed Sergeant Major Wichean Klunprasert. The police followed a trail of brake fluid that led to the family property nearby. Police found the Ferrari FF with a smashed windshield and significant damage to the bumper.
The case sparked outrage in Bangkok as the public felt Vorayuth was not being held accountable due to his family’s status. Red Bull’s co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya is Vorayuth’s grandfather. At some point, Vorayuth was charged with reckless driving causing death and cocaine use. But still, not much justice came from the charges.
The case remains ongoing after almost a decade
Vorayuth fled Thailand on a private jet a few years later and was not seen after that. The charges were dropped in 2020, even though the statute of limitations did not expire for 15 years. However, just last month, Interpol posted a red notice on the website to help locate the heir and bring him back to the country. According to The Guardian, “Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s office concluded the entire investigation had been ‘compromised.'” While some of the charges related to the Ferrari FF crash were dropped, others remain active.
According to Autoblog, it was rumored that the Yoovidhya family had privately compensated the family of the officer killed in the hit and run accident. The first set of charges for driving under the influence do not expire until September 2022. The reckless driving charges do not expire until 2027. It appears Royal Thai Police and Interpol are still searching for Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya to this day.