McLaren, Lamborghini and Ferrari seized 'in M1 race'

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image captionThe cars were stopped on the motorway southbound near Barnsley

Three supercars were seized by police who pulled over their drivers who were racing each other on the M1.

The hired cars - a McLaren 570s, a Lamborghini Aventador and a Ferrari - are worth up to £700,000 combined.

South Yorkshire Police said the male drivers were seen moving very slowly side by side across three lanes near Barnsley on Friday before accelerating.

The force said it was "pretty sure" the cars "won't be crushed and turned into tin cans, but you never know".

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image captionThey were taken in under the Police Reform Act

On the force's Operational Support Facebook page, a spokesperson said: "Under the Police Reform Act if you are seen driving in an anti-social manner we can seize your vehicle and impound it.

"We are pretty sure it won't be crushed and turned into tin cans, but you never know."

They added several members of the public called to report the racing on the southbound carriageway and it was also captured on CCTV between junctions 38 and 37.

The force said anti-social driving would not be tolerated and offenders would be dealt with "accordingly".

image copyrightAdam Pinder-Smith
image captionThe cars were seen driving very slowly before accelerating

The seized supercars

  • The McLaren 570s 3.8l has a top speed of 203.8 mph and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds.
  • If you fancy owning one, prices start from £143,250.
  • The Lamborghini Aventador can reach 217.5 mph, getting to 62mph in 2.9 seconds.
  • This one is slightly more expensive at £271,146.
  • South Yorkshire Police have not identified the model of the Ferrari but prices start at about £150,000.

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