The Ferrari 458 Italia cars is so hot right now. It’s so hot in fact that the company’s had to issue a global recall due to the 200mph supercar’s propensity to burst into flames.
Ferrari said its engineers had flown around the world to investigate five reports of “thermal incidents”.
Five separate fire incidents, along with a series of mysterious crashes involving the 458 Italia, initially sparked fears that the car was cursed.
However, Ferrari’s top brass recently conceded there is a design fault that could lead to the £170,000 ($260,000) cars igniting.
There were reported incidents in California, Paris, Switzerland, China and one other unnamed location.
The problem had been traced to adhesive used in the wheel-arch assemblies, Ferrari said.
Unsurprisingly, Ferrari has recalled over 1,000 458 Italia to have replacement arch liners fitted at local dealers. Rather than using glue, the company will affix the liners with ‘mechanical devices’ — possibly a fancy word for “screws”. All 458 Italia owners who’ve had their car damaged or destroyed as a result of fire will receive a new model.
We’re used to performance cars generating large levels of heat. Back in May 2010, the Ferrari 599 HGTE we reviewed in our Car Tech channel got so hot, the adhesive securing its front license plate appeared to melt, though there was no indication of danger to the safety of the car or its occupants.