What's wrong with the Ferrari 458 Italia?

We’re posing this question not because we think that there’s something mysteriously wrong with this car, but because it seems that just about every waking day that we open our eyes and log on to the Internet, we come across another news story of a Ferrari 458 Italia catching fire or getting involved in some kind of accident.

In the past week alone, we’ve reported three models of Ferrari’s new sports car each meeting untimely demises – one caught fire at London’s Heathrow Airport , one crashed into a tree in Maranello, and another one suffered the same fate in the UK .

Today, we’re once again burdened with the same depressing news: another Ferrari 458 Italia suffering another meltdown.

This time, the scene is in America – Costa Mesa, California, to be exact – where the first 458 Italia in the country was burned down to a crisp as a result of the engine catching fire. This doesn’t trouble us anymore, actually. What really boggles our minds is that since the middle of May when the first reported crash of the 458 Italia happened, there have been 9 separate incidents of the car crashing or getting burned. To put that in perspective, that’s one car every 10 days.

So excuse us if we think that there might be some higher power at work that doesn’t seem to be too fascinated with the car like the rest of us. The whole trend is completely perplexing and certainly lacks of any concrete explanation.


9 comments:

the most awkward looking Ferrari, an ugly ugly car. Way too much cab forward and the back end is too long. Actually looks like the back could be the front end, the proportions are out of wack. The California is a much more pleasing design

I hope Pininfarina gets their design language in order soon. the 612, 599, and California all share the ungainly lines, and Enzo/FXX was a bit too "gonzo" with the scoops and slats and everything.

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I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen pictures of random Ferrari’s sitting on the side of the road engulfed in flames. Given the rarity of the brand versus conventional vehicles, I would have to say that there is a disproportionate amount of these things that have been torched. It’s a load of crap.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen pictures of random Ferrari’s sitting on the side of the road engulfed in flames. Given the rarity of the brand versus conventional vehicles, I would have to say that there is a disproportionate amount of these things that have been torched. It’s a load of crap.

Its only because they are exotics. I saw an MR2 burst into flames a few years ago while it was just cruising at around 70 on the freeway. Didn’t even make the local paper despite causing traffic.

It’s just recently that there are an alarming news that there are lots of 458 Italia that have crashed.

Why are these 458 italia engine caught on fire. Is thier a defect or recall on the ferrari 458 italia engine or electrical sysyem.

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