• Jul 25, 2007
The picture above is, unfortunately, not a thinly-disguised prototype of a rocket-powered Ferrari F430. The sad truth is that yet another Prancing Horse has been destroyed, this time not by poor driving (at least not ostensibly), but by a fire in the engine bay. The picture was taken by the side of a Philippines highway, specifically the South Luzon Expressway that runs between metropolitan Manila and the Calabarzon region.

We don't like to minimize the passing of any Ferrari, but at least it wasn't another Enzo.

If you're sensitive to the sight of a beautiful car laid to waste, we wouldn't recommend following the link to see more, but if you're a natural born rubbernecker, Carscoop has got all the gory angles. Seriously, it's like Saving Private Ryan, only with a supercar.

[Source: Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is every flaming exotic a news item?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Why is every flaming exotic a news item?"

        Simply because these events are mentally exacerbating for automotive enthusiasts worldwide, and not to mention, these events are always entertaining to the crowd.

        Exotic cars are rare, and to have and maintain one is something you can't do at a flick of a hand. That car is worth more than P15.5M. What's more, its a feat of automotive engineering at this time and it is considered one of a kind.

        To have one Ferrari F430 burning is a great loss of money, and that provides a lot of entertainment. Much like the Gladiators back in Rome, except that it happens rarely, so it really is a big load of news.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the F430 costs approximately 19,000,000 pesos, which is equivalent to $421,645.36. The tax on imported cars here in the Philippines is around 100% of a vehicle's retail price.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jonathan that would be ..Majah! (major).
      • 7 Years Ago
      There are claims that the owner of the Ferrari in question did not have insurance.. however, since the car has only clocked up 4,400 kilometers, it would be replaced by a brand new one through warranty.

      I heard the car is to be sent to Maranello for inspection.

        • 7 Years Ago
        My guess is the tard couldn't figure out how to, or didn't know how to, change gears and drove it on the interstate in 1st gear the entire time. HAHA
      • 7 Years Ago
      And this matters how? They're still making F430s. I'd be more bummed to see a Dodge SRT-4 go up.

      I've seen a lot of F430s go up on TV, they caught fire a LOT in sports car racing in 2005 and 2006. They don't seem to have this problem this year though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Eh, there were a lot more SRT-4s made than Ferrari F430s. No offense if you're an SRT-4 fan, but I think the loss of an SRT-4 would be really be a gain.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Blame it on George Bush and Global Warming. You can blame anything on those two right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      - Beautiful red Ferrari f430 --------------$USD 180,000

      - Car fire extinguisher -------------------$USD 30

      - Watching your beautiful Ferrari go up in flames and kicking yourself in the ass for driving it in the hot Manila weather without a fire extinguisher ------PRICELESS

      Seriously now...That is pretty sad.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Look at the picture again. Do you honestly think that fire could be put out with a fire extinguisher? I don't mean to say that he shouldn't have had one, just that it probably would not have worked this time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A good Halon extinguisher could have doused it if used early; that picture was taken well into the fire, there's smoke in the passenger compartment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow...a ferrari in manila? u cant even speed there...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good old Italian reliability...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think anyone who has a Ferrari as a daily driver can count on spending another $200k on parts.

        In Ferrari's defense, a lot of non-Italian rear-engine designs have been hardly fireproof (The Fiero and Porsche 914/916 come to mind).
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL, I was about to write that too. As much as I like Italian/French/British designs, their reliability is pretty much rock bottom, and doesn't Ferrari offer just a 1 year warranty? I know Ferraris are meant for the rich but a $200K car that on average gets driven 500 miles a year should have a bit longer warranty, I think this alone says something about the lack of belief in their quality.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For a Ferrari those look like pretty narrow front tyres.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Who cares, you know they're not being used anymore!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Noah Joseph: "Seriously, it's like Saving Private Ryan, only with a supercar."

      Somewhat insensitive to the WW2 veterans who paid the ultimate price to fight facism, don't you think?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Big Rocket,

        I'm pretty sure they're being a bit sarcastic... Hold your horses.
        • 7 Years Ago
        OOO @ Jul 25th 2007 10:40PM wrote:
        "A sad world it would be if everything was always 100% politically correct, don't you think?"

        Feel free to explain to any WW2-veteran why the crash of an Italian car is as tragic as the deaths of thousands of American soldiers on Omaha Beach in a single day. Yes, it would be a sad world to be always 100% politically correct, because these men fought and died to give us the freedom to speak our minds. But it would be a sadder world to forget their sacrifice, and use the freedom they gave us to disrespect them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A sad world it would be if everything was always 100% politically correct, don't you think?
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