Firm releases official statement confirming it is looking into cases of its 458 catching fire
27 August 2010

Ferrari is investigating several incidents relating to its new 458 Italia catching fire.

Several pictures have appeared on the internet of incidents of burnt-out Ferrari 458s, as well as models that have been involved in accidents.

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Ferrari has released an official statement saying it “takes any incident involving one of its vehicles very seriously”.

“The company is currently investigating the particular incidents in which cars have apparently been involved in a vehicle fire, and it is currently treating these as separate incidents,” the statement continued.

“Until these investigations are complete, Ferrari is unable to provide any further comment.”

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25 August 2010

Saw the pictures on BBC New website last night pretty shocking stuff. One bloke was just driving down the road and saw flames coming from the rear wing. Stopped and luckily got out before the car was totally destroyed. Not a good way for such a raved about car to makes it's mark and quite literally go like a ball of fire!!!

6 December 2012

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25 August 2010

How embarrassing! Lol!

25 August 2010

should we not have heard about this in Autocar first ? So much for being unbiased !

25 August 2010

I think the non-flammable 458 is an extra 20K option....

They probably forgot to tick it on thier order sheets...

25 August 2010

Didn't the same thing happen to the Lamborghini Gallardo not long after that was launched? Not sure what the causes to both cars were but i hope they weren't the infamous "Italian design/build quality" issues that once inflicted some of Italy's exotic cars years ago.

These well doumented incidents could well have damaged the 458's reputation, while McLaren must be rubbing their hands with joy, possibly thinking even more orders for the MP4-12C!

25 August 2010

[quote blktoy]Should we not have heard about this in Autocar first? [/quote]In a way, we did. The headline ought to read:

"Ferrari Move on Autocar List of Fire Prone * 458s"

(* "Fire Prone: spontaneously combustible.)

25 August 2010

Maybe it's a generous barbeque no cost option!

25 August 2010

So is Autocar sticking with 5 stars despite the ability of the car to achieve spontaneous combustion?

25 August 2010

A similar problem happened with the Audi R8 in its early days.

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