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In pictures: Ferrari 458 on fire
24 August 2010
Last updated at 14:31
Ferrari admits glue may be the reason for a spate of supercar fires
The owners of more than a thousand Ferrari supercars have been told to return them for repairs because they might catch fire. The company says a faulty glue was used on the 458 Italia that can overheat like this one in California.
This photo of another 458 was taken on a mountain road in Switzerland in July. Ferrari says it can't comment on individual cases. The cars cost around £170,000 each.
Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson has described the car as "one of the all-time greats". It went round the show's test track only 0.1 seconds slower than Ferrari's prestigious Enzo model. The 560bhp machine was introduced this year and does 0-60 in 3.35 sec.
The driver of this 458 noticed the rear panel was on fire while he was driving along in Paris. A passer-by tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher but unfortunately the car couldn't be saved...
... the fire reduced the car to a heap of charred metal, with only the wheel a reminder of its former glory. In July, a customised model complete with Dolce and Gabbana interior was also destroyed near Heathrow Airport .
This black 458 crashed out on a wet road in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. In the last three months 10 of the Italian supercars have either caught fire or crashed.
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