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post #1 of 6 Old 03-16-2012, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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360 in flames

Here's a sad bit of news concerning a 360 and its driver.

Man Burns To Death In Horrific Ferrari "Inferno"

Unfortunately this will only reinforce the recent wave of reports concerning Ferraris in flames.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-16-2012, 12:44 PM
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This one is kind of understandable. If you run into a tree hard enough to rupture fuel lines, and probably the fuel tanks, near the engine, that is a pretty good prescription for a fire. Add in the fact that aluminum burns, unlike steel, and you can have a really quick developing fire. Especially in a car that has an aluminum chassis, drivetrain, and body.

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-16-2012, 01:53 PM
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Terrible ending for this unlucky man arrghhh.

Terry, isn't it only powdered aluminium in contact with oxygen that can burn? I always thought that the strong oxide layer on aluminium would inhibit this? I may be wrong but if aluminium can burn that easy, wouldn't put many today's car at risk? Cheers
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Stef- No, the aluminum will burn like a match when if reaches ignition temperature. If you look at an older Ferrari that has been in a fire, the aluminum panels will be completely missing and the steel panels will be merely scortched and, usually, not even badly warped.

Naval architecture in the 70s was evolving to aluminum superstructure for the same reasons we use it in cars. It was lighter in weight, lowered the center of gravity making ships better in heavy seas, and did not corrode as badly as steel. During the Falklands War in the early 80s, though, the Royal Navy discovered that the aluminum burned like a piece of balsa wood when combined with high explosives from the bombs the Argentinean AF was dropping.

Memories are short, however, and the USN is now using aluminum superstructure again. Not sure about the Royal Navy, but it would not surprise me if they forgot as well.

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Thanks Terry, ouff, wasn't aware the situtation was so bad. It's really time to get a fire extinguisher in my car as this is now well more critical with aluminum based cars, the smallest fire and your car is entirely gone . Car manufacturer should integrate them stock to stop immediately any start of fire.
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Stef- If it catches on fire, I would just stand back and watch it burn. You can always get another one and it does not take much fire damage to make a car irreparable, especially if the chassis or engine compartment is involved.

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