• May 18th 2008 at 8:02PM
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Ferraris are best known for their looks, performance, and exclusivity, but lately, it seems one could add flammability to that list of attributes. The latest case of Ferrari flambé involves a beautiful black 599 GTB Fiorano, which self-ignited at a stop light while being driven by someone who wasn't even the car's owner. Martin Bullen, who works at supercar garage Romans International in Banstead, UK, was at the wheel when he heard a strange sound followed by a brilliant display of smoke and fire. The £250,000 exotic was a total loss, and the 28-year-veteran of the high-end garage had to inform his boss of the Ferrari's fate.

Luckily for Bullen, his employer is a forgiving and understanding man. Garage owner Paul Jaconelli said he wouldn't hold the destroyed 599 against his employee, and that the vehicle was still covered under warranty. That's good news for Bullen, but Ferrari owners the world over must be wondering if their expensive toys will be the next to join the ranks of the carbequed. This isn't exactly what they bargained for when they decided to get a hot car. Head to The Sun for more pics of the latest Fire-ari. Thanks for the tip, Chris!

[Source: The Sun]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      my italian friends do not trust ferrari, what a piece of crap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      can't wait till this shows up in wreckedexotics
      • 7 Years Ago
      can I buy the rear clip at a hugely discounted price?? lol
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd use it to make the coolest car-bed ever.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fakest flames I've ever seen
      • 7 Years Ago
      Buff right out, that will.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw one of those in the neighborhood. Not one on fire. But the 599.. They are truly good looking. To bad i couldn't drive into the gated community where it lives
      • 7 Years Ago
      All that money and it doesn't come with a fire extinguisher
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's to ensure exclusivity XD
      • 7 Years Ago
      > "lately, it seems one could add flammability to that list of attributes."

      Nothing 'lately' about it. Expensive Italian cars have been routinely externally combusting since their inception. You should take a gander at the Wrecked Exotics website.
      • 7 Years Ago
      so Ferrari is not going to cover for this guy?
      • 7 Years Ago
      All Italian cars seem to be susceptible to this. My mother's Fiat X19 did the same thing at a stoplight. I'm glad she got out in time as I'm not sure just how good a firewall that mid-engined Fiat had.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I knew Ferrari should've stuck on of those STI scoops on.

      I jest, I jest.
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