• Jul 17, 2010
Ferraris have been known to have the fire inside, and sometimes the coupes like to give their owners a baptism by fire. Literally. The gent in the photo was cruising through Paris in his new 458 Italia when he noticed that the rear fender was on fire. While he bolted from the driver's seat and left the car burning in the middle of the street, a passerby happened to have a fire extinguisher and put the flames to rest before the 458 got an even blacker paint job.
We presume that was a different passerby than the one with the camera, who just took lots of photos of the car-b-que. Click the link for more of them, and watch out for flaming stallions in Paris.



[Source: Autogespot (translated)]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      oh deah!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for him. Considering the recent stock crash of BP oil, maybe this fire was beneficial to the gentlemen in question. Buyer's remorse also effects the well-to-do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ferraris always have a bad reputation on them since it's just a fiat premium and they make bad cars. I see why crystler and fiat joined, to make premium cars that suck and over priced them to the public
      • 4 Years Ago
      Excuse me. I haven't been paying much attention... So the 458 recently hit showroom floors - at least in a few cities - then?

      But anyway, that's just rot luck. Poor fellow.

      On the other hand, the phraseology - "a passerby happened to have a fire extinguisher" - was just very funny. Heh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In some countries I think it's the law that you need to carry an extinguisher in your car... a lot of cars even come with their own extinguisher. Not sure about this case.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's a ferrari, they catch on fire all the time, just talk to the owners collecting on insurance money
        • 4 Years Ago
        @canonsburg: I don't get yoru fire extinguisher / connection at all. Uh? I happen to have a fire extinguisher in every vehicle I own, just cuz I like to be prepared.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Many European countries require you to carry first aid kit, fire extinguisher, emergency triangle, safety vest (top gear even made fun of this while in france) and other things of this nature in your car at all times.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Shiftright

        Gangster is just an American slang, like bad ass, dupe, tight, and what not; just random crap we made up. Probably would waste your time figuring how the hell we made it up then anything. That's the problem of not having a dead language like Latin haha.

        Having a fire extinguisher in every car is random as hell. I can understand spare tire, tire pump, tire glue that fix puncture, a self jump starter, but a fire extinguisher... Makes it seem like cars are fire magnet ...





        • 4 Years Ago
        Fire extinguishers in cars aren't random at all. A lot of people keep a fire extinguisher in their vehicles, myself included. In fact, it's typically a requirement with commercial vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jonathan.chung1:

        I think the rate of Ferrari cars spontaneously set ablaze far exceeds the normal rate of accidental fires. There is no shortage of Ferrari cars on fire on the internet if you search for them.

        Strangely, this doesn't seem to tarnish the company's image one bit as oppose to another car company which shall remain nameless.

        On a side note, I can only imagine what kind of person is gangster enough keep a fire extinguisher handy on the streets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      worker-->assembly worker
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ferrari Nano.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That'll buff right out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Quality Control of its products by Ferrari seems to leave A LOT to be desired. As suggested by Canonsburg, the rate of Ferraris burning (hot Ferraris!) seems to exceed any average car.

      With regard to this phenom, I remember an incident that an auto journalist friend of mine told me a few months ago: he was visiting the Ferrari plant in Italy, when he saw a walker eating bread while assembling tires on a Ferrari. Of course, he was not allowed to take pictures of it, but this incident came out while talking about poor quality of Maserati Quattroporte, a unit of which owned by an upset owner who had his car go into maintenance once every three weeks. The owner sold the car, and bought...a Lexus LS.

      God speed, Chrysler. Hope Chrysler's don't burst into flames like that...Hot Chryslers should be used for its rate of sales, not for temperature of engine rooms.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought most Ferrari's came stock with an extinguisher in the passenger's foot well? Maybe it's more for the high performance super cars, rather than an everyday car? But still, it's important to have one in ANY car; how many reports have you seen with people dieing in a fire after a wreck or horribly disfigured because of that fire? Having an extinguisher in reach of the passenger seat just might save your skin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That'll buff right out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, that's hot.


      .... get it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i thought this only happened to lamborghinis...
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