Tesla’s commitment to new technology is what put it on the map, but the way this tech rolls out is always contentious. Lithium-ion batteries, Autopilot and now the Model X’s Falcon doors, which are blamed for a harrowing incident in China.
The same model of brand-new Porsche 911 RSR race car that has run without major issues so far this year in the United States had a major engine failure at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Silverstone, belching flames out of the engine cover that replaces its back window.
World Rally Championship fan Jiří Tureček happened to be in the right place at the right time after Toyota driver Juho Hänninen hit a bridge near the end of Stage 1 of this weekend’s Tour de Corse. The hard hit caused fuel to leak out, which sparked a weirdly mesmerizing fire when viewed in slow motion.
The Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports team has had thoroughly lousy luck this year at the 12 Hours of Sebring, but it’s mostly been on the No. 2 car. It’s the No. 22's turn, though, as something in the engine bay had to be spritzed with a fire extinguisher when it came in to the pits.
A man from Bellaire, Michigan was preparing to take his gorgeous restomod 1960 Corvette to Autorama, a huge custom car show in Detroit’s Cobo Hall. But the car never made it there, because someone stole it, chopped it into bits, and—what kind of bastard does this—set it on fire, Fox 32 reports.
After 51 fires were reported, Daimler AG made the decision to recall 1 million newer Mercedes-Benz vehicles before they become Car-B-Ques, reports Automotive News. A defective starter part has been named as the source of the car fires.
It appears as though Mazda didn’t solve all of their reliability problems with their new RT24-P endurance racer. Between today’s oil fire at the Rolex 24 and the fuel injector-caused fire at Petit Le Mans, this is the second race in a row where a Mazda prototype has had burst into flame during a race.
Poor, poor-’Vette can’t seem to live down its recent fires. For two years in a row, Corvette Racing’s No. 4 car has caught on fire during the Roar Before the 24 test day for Daytona. Now even Ferrari folks—people well versed in spontaneous vehicular combustion—are having a chuckle at their expense.
While we’re probably not going to see the latest, greatest street Corvette revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this week, Chevrolet still unleashed their 2017-spec Corvette C7.R race car on Daytona International Speedway for the Roar Before the 24 test weekend. Well, they did until it went down in flames.
A few months ago this blue McLaren 650S Spider started popping up at car meets in an aggressive “TRUMP” livery. Not everybody was a fan. In fact, it’s looking like this car made somebody so mad that they were compelled to burn it to the ground.
Hey Joey, what’s happening? Well, uh, rumor around town says you might be thinkin’ about going down to the pits. You know, swap out wheels, fuel the car, maybe watch the car catch fire, and change into that Def Leppard t-shirt.
Tan Shukla was just going about his business getting money from an ATM when he turned around to see his recently-bought Ferrari 360 burning to a crisp. Some onlookers went at the car with a fire extinguisher, then stole the unlucky bastard’s wallet, debit card and laptop computer while he was distracted.
Yesterday we saw the first videos of a fatal crash of a Tesla Model S in downtown Indianapolis. We had read reports that firefighters had to dodge individual battery cells exploding out of the car’s burning lithium-ion batter pack. Now you can see them, indeed, shooting like fireworks.
Yeah, so this is terrifying. Watch how fast a fuel leak in Ben Waddell’s Miata turns the car into a cage of fire.
A BMW Police wagon started vomiting flames out of its grilles in what looks like a scene from a horror movie yesterday near Ashford, in Kent, in England, in the United Kingdom. The devil hath taken this poor F31 Bimmer, and will not rest until the wagon is a large pile of Melted Driving Machine.
“They said I could be anything, so I became a rocketship.” - this Supercar, probably. James Moffat’s No. 34 Volvo had an unexpected engine failure that resulted in a big engine fire on lap 109 of today’s Bathurst 1000.
The right front brake rotors of the No. 14 Freightliner Racing Holden VF Commodore erupted in flame on lap 54 of today’s Bathurst 1000 when brake fluid spilled on the hot rotors. Normally, that’s a sign that you shouldn’t put the wheel back on just yet, but one determined crew man popped it on regardless.
All of the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s Prototype-class cars are being retired after this year in favor of the new DPi spec, so why not go out with a bang? Besides, well, the total heartbreak of losing an almost certain podium for the unluckiest team on the grid.
If you race a Ferrari, the entire Internet will swear that you’re playing with fire. Fortunately, it looks like the Scuderia Corsa No. 68 team has plenty of experience with fire, as they just put out a very stubborn pit lane flambé with ludicrous speed and sent their seared Ferrari 488 back out like it’s no big deal.
Free Practice 1 for the Malaysian Grand Prix was red-flagged this morning for fifteen minutes after Kevin Magnussen’s Renault caught fire as it was being pushed into the garage.