When Ferrari launched the 458 Italia , supercar lovers everywhere stood up and took notice. Things took a turn for the worse, as 458 Italias around the world started catching fire. After 10 units went up in flame just a few days after leaving the factory, Ferrari launched an investigation and eventually solved the problem, which likely cost a pretty penny.
It looks like now the history is about to repeat itself, as another new and exciting European sports car is running about the same pattern. The Jaguar F-Type is one of the latest and greatest sports cars to hit the market recently and Jag already delivered eight units in Belgium alone. Well, now there are only seven, as one unit in Herentals, Belgium went up in flame and burned to a crisp.
According to the driver, while he was cruising on the E313 he spotted a "defect" in the vehicle. He then pulled his new F-Type off of the highway and by the time he got out of the car, a fire broke out and and burned the Jag to an unrecognizable heap of charred metal and plastic. Fortunately though the driver was unhurt.
According to Jaguar officials, an expert will be sent in Belgium to investigate the event.
You can see images of the burned-up rig here.
Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type.
The new F-Type Roadster was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and recently Jaguar started making its first deliveries around the world.
The model comes in three different trim levels — F-Type, F-Type S, and F-Type V8 S — each carrying a different powertrain. The base F-Type is powered by a supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. For the S version, Jag tuned the V-6 engine to 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful version is, of course, the V8 S. It is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
On the U.S. market the F-Type is priced from $69,000.