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Ferrari Opens Investigation On 458 Italia Fires

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On: Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 2:37PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Opens Investigation On 458 Italia Fires

Much to the delight of fans of pictures of flaming, sizzling supercars (and the blogs that post them), Ferrari 458 Italia models have been burning up like dry brush in the middle of July since the car went on sale earlier this year. In fact, in the few short months that it's been on the road, at least 10 fires and accidents involving the 458 have been reported from California to London to China. Responding to these incidents, Ferrari has opened an official investigation.

Pictures of burning 458s have been popping up regularly on sites like Wrecked Exotics since June. Several of the models involved have been burned into a pile of rims and charred metal, resembling nothing of their former beauty. Incidents have been reported across the U.S. and Europe, with specific locations including London, Paris, China, Switzerland and California. According to Wrecked Exotics, there were 9 incidents of crashes and fires in 458 models over a time period of just 90 days--making for one per 10 days. Overall, the BBC reports that there have been 10 crashes or fires in just three months.

Ferrari released a statement earlier this week indicating that it is opening up an investigation to see if the fires are caused by driver error or a manufacturing defect. Given the sheer number of problems in such a rare car, it'd be surprising if it wasn't the latter.

Ferrari kept it short and sweet, explaining: "The company is currently investigating the particular incidents in which cars have apparently been involved in a vehicle fire, and it is currently treating these as separate incidents. Until these investigations are complete, Ferrari is unable to provide any further comment.”

A Ferrari spokesman reportedly stated that in six out of the 10 incidents "it potentially could be the driver or other factors."

The Ferrari 458 Italia made its world debut at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. It features a 4.5-liter V8 engine worth 570 horses and 398 lb-ft of torque. The car starts at $225,000 in the U.S.

If you're a wrecked supercar voyeur, you can find more pictures at Wrecked Exotics. The BBC also put together a slideshow of some recent 458 fires.


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