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These are the worrying pics of the fire in romania. Car belonged to a football player Gabi Popescu, and was leased. Was second hand from Austria.
Rumors are numerous. Some say that he shifted down a gear and gearbox exploded. However he says it was on automatic and as far as i know even if u shift down the car will not shift if it is over revved.
Another rumor is that a rubber hydraulic pipe burst and the oil caught fire.
However the driver says that the message transmission fail message showed up and he pulled over. There was a small flame in the lower part of the engine and then a big fire.
Here are some pictures. Ferrari have sent an engineer. What are your opinions


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Hmmm, this is actually a serious issue! It is unacceptable for a car to catch fire, regardless of who the manufacturer may be. If the car would catch fire in the States, the driver could sue Ferrari's ass bigtime. What if somebody in the backseat would have died in this accident??? Scary thought...
 

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This is certainly not comforting to any new 612 owners or would be future owners. If this is the first time it is an isolated case and could be a freak accident. It does teach you one important thing:

HAVE AN ABC FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN YOUR CAR.
 

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Not saying that the fire above had any thing to do with this. But on 612s the fuel pipe that carrys the fuel from the tank, and some can split. I have spoken to a ferrari tec friend of mine who was telling me that they have had a 612 in very recently with fuel leaking. The leek was sourced t a split in the pipe work. After it was put back together again in the work shop and test driven and given back to the custumer.....it did it again.
 

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I'm now concerned about ALL new models

My concern is that whatever engineering group within Ferrari which deals with design of fuel management and safety issues has made a serious mistake in the design of the 612- one that could also be hidden in the 599 (something like choice of tubing, fuel bladder, choice of weld technology- whatever). Word of 612's blowing up isn't going to help sales of 612's! "The rich may be different", but (most) of them didn't get that way by being dumb!
 
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