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Old 08-27-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default ferrari 458 self-combust mode

http://www.worldcarfans.com/11008252...s-fire-ferrari

wonder if there is a button on the steering wheel for self-combust. man that would suck to have your 458 go up in smoke.
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:55 PM   #2
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High pressure dry sump oiling system spewing oil onto the headers is my guess.
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:06 PM   #3
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money in stocks, or buy a Ferrari......

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Old 08-30-2010, 05:16 PM   #4
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very sad to see such an awesome car be so vulnerable.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:27 PM   #5
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Seems to be a common sight between Ferrari's and Lambo's
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:06 AM   #6
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http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsAr...llCars/252519/
Ferrari North Europe has officially explained the fault that has caused five of the very earliest examples of its 458 supercar to catch fire."When the car is driven to high exhaust temperatures, in hot ambient temperatures, the adhesive used in the wheelarch assemblies can overheat and allow the rear wheel housing heat shields to move around. In extreme cases, the glue can begin to smoke and even catch fire," a Ferrari spokesperson told Autocar.
"It would only be a problem on cars driven very hard, and has only affected a handful of the 1248 458 Italias we've delivered so far – none in the UK,” our source confirmed.


Ferrari claims that the problem has been made to look more serious than it should because of unfortunate timing and innaccurate reporting. A new 458 was written off because of a warehouse fire recently, and others have been crashed, the firm says, causing some areas of the media to suggest the car is 'jinxed'.


Ferrari will recall all of the 458s delivered so far to fit new wheelarch liners, which will be attached more securely. It will also be replacing any cars that have been damaged as a result of the problem. All new 458s built now that Ferrari’s Maranello plant has re-opened after the summer shutdown will be rectified before they leave the factory.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:48 PM   #7
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There explanation sound slike crap, if they had of done proper hotweather durability testing the issue would have cropped up on preprod models.

Sounds like corporate CYA.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:00 PM   #8
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It would only be a problem on cars driven very hard...

Aren't they designed to be driven very hard?
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:11 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by RC45 View Post
There explanation sound slike crap, if they had of done proper hotweather durability testing the issue would have cropped up on preprod models.

Sounds like corporate CYA.
Not necessarily. Often, pre-prod models are more "hand built" than even a hand built production Ferrari... and processes are changed that all too often are seen as no difference in production method, quality, reliability etc. It is quite possible the adhesive used wasn't on hot weather tested cars at all. This sort of thing happens all the time in the auto industry. 99.9% of the time, nobody will ever notice, or know.
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:34 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by nthfinity View Post
Not necessarily. Often, pre-prod models are more "hand built" than even a hand built production Ferrari... and processes are changed that all too often are seen as no difference in production method, quality, reliability etc. It is quite possible the adhesive used wasn't on hot weather tested cars at all. This sort of thing happens all the time in the auto industry. 99.9% of the time, nobody will ever notice, or know.
I still call BS on their explanation ... it will come to light later as more cars burn up even after the fenderliners are reglued
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:58 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by RC45 View Post
I still call BS on their explanation ... it will come to light later as more cars burn up even after the fenderliners are reglued
I've heard more on the story that it goes to the mfr (ferrari, or supplier?) changed the formula of the adhesive.
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:10 PM   #12
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Sure, but what will be their explanation when they still burst into flames later on?

"You drove our cars too hard."
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