Ford Mustang GT caught fire in US and cause damage to the car besides triggering brake failure
A Ford Mustang GT 350 went up in flames on the Roebling Road Raceway in US. The engine fire damaged the car severely and also caused the brake failure. The damaged car was modified with some after market features. The incident happen when the owner of the car Joe Charles was lapping on the raceway.
According to the owner, a snap ring in the Mustang GT’s oil cooler thermostat failed. Due to that the problems occurred in the plug of the oil filter adapter housing. The fuel started ejecting out and contacting the hot surface of the engine bay the leaked oil erupted into flames. The car was reported as travelling at 160 kmph during the incident.
After the car caught fire the owner tried to stop it by applying the emergency brake. But the fire caused the brake cable snapped, therefore making the situation further worse. Then he let the care decelerate and after coming to standstill he jumped out of it. By the time the fire was extinguished, the Mustang GT 350 was burnt very badly.
After the incident was reported to Ford, the automaker bought the car from Joe and started inspecting what went wrong. The automakers usually don’t encourage the owners to modify the cars from any aftermarket agency. This particular Mustang GT was equipped with several aftermarket modifications. It has Kook’s exhaust system, JLR cold air intake, and the engine was custom tuned by HP tuners.
Ford has recently launched the Mustang GT in India on 13th July. The car is priced at Rs. 65 lakh. The India spec Ford Mustang gets power from a massive 5.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. The engine is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. It churns out 395 bhp of peak power and 515 Nm of peak torque. It can accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in just 4 seconds with a top speed of 250 kmph.
Source: HiPo Joe Charles Facebook