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More Ferrari Fire Problems? FF Goes Up In Poland

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On: Wed, May 30, 2012 at 3:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

More Ferrari Fire Problems? FF Goes Up In Poland

"Fire" must be the most feared word in Maranello these days. After a very public fire problem with the 458 Italia, another new Ferrari model is having a bout of fire problems of its own. An FF burned to the ground near Krakow, Poland recently, making three publicized FF fire incidents. Even if it has nothing to do with Ferrari's manufacturing, it's another fire headline that the Prancing Horse really doesn't need.

According to a report from Polish site Kontakt 24, the Ferrari burned to the ground on the A4 outside of Krakow. Firefighters tried to douse the flames but, as you can see, were unable to save the grand tourer. The site reports this as the third FF fire, and the Polish incident joins a February FF fire in Shanghai and a test drive incident in Germany last year.

In fall 2010, Ferrari issued a recall of the 458 Italia based upon a series of fires. It identified an adhesive in the rear wheel arch assembly as the cause of the fires. The adhesive was overheating in the mid-engined 458, causing smoking and flaming.

It would be easy to blame the FF fires on the same issue, but given that the FF is a front-engined car, it's unlikely that the fires are related. Further, the individual FF fires appear to have different causes. Last year's event in Germany involved a fire that started in the rear of the car, while the Polish car appears to have burned from the front.

Whether or not the fires are linked to any kind of a manufacturing defect is only part of the problem facing Ferrari. A perhaps larger issue is that the automaker is fast gaining a reputation for building cars that are as prone to self-combust as they are to earn admiration from other drivers. It's not a good look to have several $200,000 to $300,000 cars that may or may not burst into flames within months of leaving the dealership.


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