Italian supercars have a well-deserved reputation for sexy styling, fiery, passionate souls, and eye-wateringly high performance. And sometimes they catch fire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a Preliminary Evaluation into the 2015 Jeep Cherokee because one caught fire while parked in California. The owner had reportedly only purchased the SUV about two days before the blaze, and the vehicle had less than 100 miles on it. Much of the incident was captured on camera.
The stationary revving of high-horsepower, high-cylinder-count Italian engines may be an adolescent pleasure among the world's wealthy, but it's a mechanical display of machismo we're usually prepared to indulge simply because it sounds so great. And it's a spectacle made all the better when one's exhaust spits flames, right? Well, most of the time. Check out this Lamborghini driver, who gets a bit exuberant with his right foot only to have disaster strike.
Despite earlier reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced it will not be filing a formal investigation into the fire that engulfed a Tesla Model S earlier this month, as the agency says there was no evidence to suggest the fire was due to a manufacturer defect or that the car was in violation of government-mandated safety standards, according to Automotive News.
A woman in Florida learned a hard lesson to pay attention to police: While on her way to work, Kari Zimmerman saw police pulling over cars on a busy road in Boca Raton, Fla. Instead of pulling over as well, she drove around the stopped cars and on to a live downed power line.
Watching your car burst into flames before your eyes is never good news, and it's even worse when you're mere moments away from trading it in at the local dealership. This Car-B-Q blaze apparently erupted at Acura 2000, a dealer in Brampton, Ontario. As the video tells us, the unlucky customer saw his 2004-2008 Acura TL trade-in suddenly catch fire and go up in resale-value-killing smoke.
We imagine that many a Russian Lada has been compared to a ticking time bomb – which is not to say that there aren't any good Ladas out in the wild, of course – but the example you'll see in the video pasted below takes the cake. It is, quite literally, an Improvised Explosive Device.