• Aug 25th 2010 at 2:29PM
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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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      • 5 Years Ago
      @ the video:

      "OH THE HUMANITY!!!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd be shocked if I saw a new Corvette or a perfect GNX on fire...
        A ferrari? Not so much. Didn't bother me at all ^_^
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had been there, my tears for the burning Ferrari could've extinguished the flames!
      • 5 Years Ago
      A lot of money going up in smoke. My friend has to replace a radiator in his Ferarri, cost $9,000.00 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
        • 5 Years Ago

        I'm opening a ferrari repair shop right now. Then with the money I make, I'll buy a real super car that I like... A ZR-1
      • 5 Years Ago
      LFA FTW
      • 5 Years Ago

      Video of the Heathrow fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VrVjdAfjx0
      • 5 Years Ago
      A fire risk on a Ferrari? Noooooooooo....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am absolutely sure that this story is a scam and far from the truth. The whole incident was probably made up and financed by a competitive automaker. The picture shows Asian-looking people runnimg around. Ferrari tests its cars for thousands of miles, and has an excellent lifetime warranty. I believe that several automakers are very concerned right now because Ferrari has come up with a jewel of a car at a price that is affordable to rich people, who are not necessarily multi-millionaires or billionaires.
      This car has received excellent reviews. Assuming that there is a minor (electrical) - which i doubt very much - the Ferrari company will fix it ASAP. The car is probably produced in a limited edition and is already sold out. It is normal to test the car before it is delivered to the customers. American, Japanese, German automakers have recently recalled millions of automobiles. Even NASA tests the Space Shuttle many times before take-off, and, often has to postpone the take-off. We all remember the big explosion of the Space Shuttle soon after take-off. Perfection is impossible! Italy still produces the best sports cars in the world: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, etc. Even Bugatti is an Italian (not French) car!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Were any of the owners getting behind on payments, followed by a mysterious and "accidental" fire?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It wasn't a 'Ferrari', it was a 'Ferrari Kit Car' on a 1978 Ford Pinto!
      • 5 Years Ago

      I am absolutely sure that this affair is a scam and far from the truth. The whole incident was made up and financed by a competitive automaker, probably Japanese, Chinese or German company. Ferrari tests its cars for thosands of miles, and has an excellent full, lifetime warranty. Several automakers are very reasonably concerned now that Ferrari has come up with a jewel of car at a price that is affordable to rich people, who are not necessarily billionaires.
        • 5 Years Ago
        nope , they're just pieces of Italian crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      According to FerrariChat discussions (i.e. actual owners): "There is a campaign on the 458 involving the installation of a modified breather vent unit for the fuel system. The new part is fitted to the area in front of the left hand side rear wheel well."

      And they're calling it a "campaign" and not an official recall, so it may or may not have anything to do with the fires.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Driver error"?

      Short of dropping a Zippo in the gas tank, what kind of driver error -- okay, other than running into the back of a Pinto -- results in Ferrari flambé?

      I nominate this is as the worst excuse ever.
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