In these hard times one might be tempted to indulge in a bit of schadenfreude at the news that a $250,000 supercar for the superrich has a propensity to burst into flames, but we’ll just stick to the facts. Ferrari is recalling more than 1,200 of its 458 Italia model because of a design flaw that has bonfire potential.
After sending its engineers around the world to investigate the reports of “thermal incidents,” Ferrari asked the owners of more than 1,200 of the supercars, including around 50 in Britain, to bring them in for modification work. Louis Saha, the Everton footballer, Eric Clapton, the rock star, and Chris Evans, the broadcaster, are among the car’s owners.
Ferrari said the problem had been traced to adhesive used in the wheel-arch assemblies. In certain circumstances the glue can begin to overheat, smoke and even catch fire. In extreme cases, the melting of the adhesive can lead the heat shield – the liner protecting the engine – to deform and move closer to the exhaust, causing the lining to catch fire.