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That Ferrari 458 Italia... it's so hot right now. Nobody but the sickest of pyromaniacs wants to see Ferrari's exquisite new 458 Italia go down in flames (if that's you, you'll want to click on past the break...). Sadly, though, the case of Ferraris on flambé is spreading like.. ahem, wildfire. So problematic is the issue that the Italian automaker itself is now investigating the cause of the conflagrations.

According to various reports, there have been at least three separate instances where Ferrari 458 Italias have burst into flames without being involved in an accident. At this time, Ferrari is assuming that these three cases are unrelated, and it's not willing at this time to rule out driver error.

Interestingly enough, though, at least one of these flame-broiled Ferraris caught ablaze in transport to London in a Heathrow warehouse, meaning it was not being driven at the time of the fire. Here's hoping that Ferrari's investigation doesn't turn up any major design flaws. In the meantime, perhaps 458 owners should keep an extinguisher handy... just in case.

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: ***EXCLUSIVE*** The Ferrari 458 Italia is seen during the Ferrari 458 Italia auction event to benefit Haiti held at Fleur de Lys on March 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

[Source: Daily Mail]

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