A Ferrari FF Bursts into Flames in Hong Kong
It hasn’t been long since we’ve shown you footage of a Nissan GT-R Spec-V burning on the Nurburgring track and, unfortunately, we have to get back on the "sports cars on fire" topic with a Ferrari FF as the main character.
It’s widely known that Ferraris are likely to go up in flames if handled inappropriately, but the FF shooting brake wasn’t one of them. At least not to the same extent as the 458 Italia, which had to be recalled after several models burned to a crisp.
Ferrari FF fires have been isolated for now, with the previous incident having occurred in Poland a couple of years ago, but, as of today, the number of FFs totaled by flames increased by one. It all happened in Hong Kong, where an owner lost its beloved vehicle shortly after exiting a tunnel.
According to local reports, the fire started from the FF’s engine compartment, with smoke quickly turning into a fire that spread rapidly by swallowing both the nose of the car and the interior. There’s no official word as to what may have caused the fire, but it’s believed it may have something to do with an electrical short.
Interestingly enough, the FF in question was being delivered to its owner after being inspected at the local Ferrari service center the day before.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari FF.
Why It Matters
Although this isolated incident is no cause for concern to FF owners, it’s still a legitimate warning that expensive, high-performance cars — Ferraris in particular -0.- are subject to such unfortunate events due to their construction and design. These vehicles need to be driven and handled with the utmost care and in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
Introduced for the 2012 model year, the Ferrari FF was the company’s first production four-wheel-drive vehicle and also the first road-legal model to sport a shooting-brake-like design. An in-house design, the all-wheel drive system is about 50-percent lighter than a conventional unit and it activates only when the car is driven in Comfort or Snow modes.
Power is provided by a naturally-aspirated, 6.3-liter, V-12 engine that generates 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque. The 0-to-60 mph sprint is achieved in only 3.5 seconds, while top speed is reached at 210 mph.