Ferrari LaFerrari Catches Fire In Italy
It’s been only a week since we’ve seen the first LaFerrari crash, and the first fire-related incident involving the company’s brand-new supercar have surfaced the Interwebz via Instagram. The details are pretty thin, but it appears the incident occurred during the Trento-Bondone rally, which was attended by a large number of Ferraris, including the LaFerrari depicted above.
According to various reports, the red-painted LaFerrari started smoking while roaring up the hillclimb event, but details as to what might have happened under the hood are nonexistent. All we know is the photo taken right after the event suggests the LaFerrari’s rear end suffered some fire damage before an extinguisher jumped in to cool things down. Granted, the damage is limited to the slight burns seen on diffuser and the powder stains covering most of the rear fascia, but we can’t help wonder whether or not the LaFerrari is facing some fire-related issues of its own.
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Why It Matters
It’s a bit too early to start assuming the LaFerrari is following in the footsteps of the 458 Italia as far as fire problems go, but this early incident is definitely one that Ferrari should look into and come out with a report. With so much technology under its skin and a $1 million-plus price tag attached to its name, the LaFerrari can’t just burst into flames!
In 2010, Ferrari launched an extensive investigation into the 458 Italia after more than 10 sports cars caught fire following various incidents. The inquiry revealed the issue was related to the adhesive used in the wheel arch assemblies. In certain circumstances, the glue began to overheat, smoke and ultimately catch fire, affecting the entire rear end of the car. On September 1st, 2010, Ferrari recalled all 1,248 458 models sold to date.
Introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the LaFerrari is the company’s first vehicle to make use of hybrid technology. The brand-new drivetrain mates a 6.3-liter, V-12 engine to a pair of electric motors for a total output of 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. With that much power at its disposal, the LaFerrari can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 217 mph. Sold out in a matter of months, the LaFerrari will hit the streets with only 499 units. Each supercar was sold for at least $1.69 million.