COURTENAY, B.C. - A fast and curious driver caught going 221 kilometres an hour in his new sports car through Vancouver Island traffic has lost his vehicle for seven days and netted a hefty fine.

The posted speed limit on Highway 19 near Campbell River is 110 kilometres per hour.

RCMP Const. John Anderson says the 25-year-old man behind the wheel of the black Subaru BRZ apparently wanted to see how fast the car could go.

Anderson says the man will have to pay a fine of $483 for driving at double the speed limit.

The Mountie says he's glad the driver lived to talk about what was hopefully a learning experience because no one is likely to survive a crash at that speed.

He says windy conditions and heavy traffic added to the danger on the road.