This is the moment a £1.5 million supercar belonging to the Qatari royal family was clamped outside their new store – Harrods.
Onlookers booed as the ruthless traffic wardens clamped the unique Koenigsegg CCXR outside the world famous store in Knightsbridge, London.
A £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce with matching paintjob parked next to the Koenigsegg also fell foul to the wardens on Brompton Road.
The Swedish-built Koenigsegg CCXR has a staggering 1,018bhp – making it 20 times as powerful as a basic Ford Fiesta. With a price of around £1.5 million it’s also 180 times more expensive than the supermini.
Customers wanting a CCXR are flown to the company HQ on an airbase in Sweden where boss Christian Von Koenigsegg will literally take you for a spin.
Mr Koenigsegg accelerates the CCXR up to 200mph and slam on the brakes – ALL WITHOUT HIS HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL – to demonstrate the car’s stability.
At £350,000, the Lamborghini is a fair bit cheaper than the Koenigsegg but its outlandish paintjob means its no shrinking violet. With a top speed of 213mph, it will give most supercars a run for their money.
The super-rich Qatari royal family bought Harrods from Mohamed Al Fayed in May for £1.5 billion under its company name Qatari Holding, becoming only the fifth owner of the store since its 1850 creation.
They are renowned for their lavish lifestyle, owning a string of yachts, luxury homes and a one-off Pagani Zonda Uno in the same livery as the Koenigsegg and Lamborghini.
An onlooker said: ”It’s not every day you see cars like this, let alone watch them get clamped.
”Judging by their cars, I shouldn’t think the owners will worry too much about paying a couple of hundred quid to have the clamps taken off.
”In fact, I should think it would probably cost more just to fill up the tank.”
According to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the penalty for parking illegally is £120 for a ‘serious’ contravention or £80 for a ‘less serious’ contravention with the fines halved if paid within 14 days.
However, as the cars have been clamped the owners will have to pay an additonal £70 for each car to be released.
The owners could have taken advantage of Harrods’ valet parking service which charges a £8 for the first hour or £40 for 8-9 hours with an additional £50 charge to store a car overnight.
Pictures by Thomas Vervuurt and Hussen Raza