Oh no! As sad as it might sound, a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia caught fire in central Paris. After having the vehicle for just a few days, the owner was driving around in his beautiful sports car when he noticed that one of the rear wheel arches had started to burn.
There is no explanation as to how this might have happened, but the fire started in the wheel and then spread rapidly. Fortunately there was a passer-by who happened to have a fire extinguisher on hand (crazy, but true and we are thankful for that) and he was able to extinguish the fire.
Just so you can recap on exactly what type of vehicle just caught on flames, the 458 Italia is powered by a 4.5 Liter V8 engine equipped with the traditional Ferrari flat crankshaft that gives the mid-engine sports cars their signature top end bark. The unit produces 570 HP at a rather high 9000 RPM which gives the future super car a power output of 127 HP/Liter. Weighing in at only 3042 pounds, the new Ferrari will rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds and won’t stop until it hits a top speed of 202 MPH.
What’s up with cars catching fire lately? Remember the Lamborghini Murcielago that caught fire in the Netherlands? Or how about the BMW 1-Series being delayed due to a potential fire risk? We think it’s time to share some thoughts on this. Leave your comments below if you think you know what the heck is going on.