Valet parker crashes Ferrari 599 GTO into shop front in Rome

A valet driver in Rome has crashed a Ferrari 599 GTO into a shop window after confusing the brake pedal for the accelerator. Tensions between the Dutch and the Italians have never been higher.

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The Ferrari 599 GTO is owned by a Dutch tourist who was travelling through Rome, on his way to a Ferrari Owner’s Club Rally in Anzio, just south of the capital.

The keys were handed over to a 38 year-old Italian valet attendant, Roberto Cinti, who was meant to park the one-of-599 limited editions into a secure parking space. Instead, he kindly ploughed the V12 supercar into a shop front, causing irreparable damage.

“I got confused – instead of the brake, I pressed down on the accelerator,” the Corriere della Sera newspaper quoted Mr Cinti. The Ferrari’s semi-automatic transmission was also to blame, according to Mr Cinti.

To give you some background on the significance of the car, the 599 GTO is a very special edition that pays tribute to the only other GTO models ever made; the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO. It features a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 493kW, capable of 0-100km/h in just 3.3 seconds.

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Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at Performance Drive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.