Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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The bad news is aluminum burns and does not just melt, and igntion temperature is fairly low compared to most metals (magnesium is worse). So a fire that starts in something like a resin can use the resin as an accelerant to reach the ignition temperature of aluminum. Since the chassis and body are made out of relatively thin aluminum, a bad scenario often results. Temperatures often get hot enough to toast off the engine and other thick aluminum castings, too
Mark- What David was trying to say was once a fire starts in an aluminum, modern, mass produced Ferrari, the car is pretty much totaled. Unless the car is a relatively rare aluminum bodied car like an aluminum 275 GTB or something similar, a fire extinguisher is not going to be much use. I remember seeing photos of a steel 250 or other early Ferrari somebody was restoring after an engine fire. The steel body was just scorched, the engine ancilliaries were shot but the thick engine castings were intact, and the passenger compartment was intact, but the aluminum hood/bonnet was completely destroyed, with nothing left.
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Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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