This Ford Shelby GT350 is on Fire, Literally

by  |  On August 4th, 2016  |  In Auto News, Ford, Supercars

The driver of this Ford Shelby GT350 was in for the surprise of his lifetime, as he saw his car bursting into flames while looking into the rear view mirror. The catastrophic event happened while the car was on the second track day at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia.

Ford Shelby GT350 is on Fire

According to the narrative described by Charles through his facebook account, he was driving at about 125 mph down the front straight of the raceway when he realized about the fire at the back end of his Ford Shelby GT350. As it turned out, 15 minutes into the drive, a disastrous engine failure caused by an oil leak was the primary culprit. Ignited by the exhaust, the oil destroyed the fuel line resulting in the fire.

Ford Shelby GT350 caught fire

The situation went from bad to worse when the brake oil got boiled by the flames causing the brakes failure. Even the emergency brake became useless owing to the cable disconnection. The fire meteor was finally stopped when Charles put the ride into the first gear, dumping the clutch.  Fire was eventually put out by the fire extinguishers.

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Fortunately, the driver remained unscathed in the whole ordeal. Ford will be replacing the burnt 2016 GT350 with the new 2017 GT350R. So, there is a silver lining in every cloud.

Eric J. Leech is a born and bred auto enthusiast who has been a gear-head ever since he crawled out of his crib and got his Kool-aide stained mitts on a 67 Camaro SS (red, black bucket seats, no air-conditioning). He's since become an automotive journalist for a variety of sources, including DUB Magazine, American Auto Press, Import Tuner, Turbo & High Performance, and has also worked as a content provider for the Discovery Channel's, Mean Green Machines. Follow Eric J. Leech at Google+

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