This is a bit late but still hot news (no pun intended). Last July 22, around 8 a.m. traffic along South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) was (once again) halted, but not in a way any of us (SLEX users) are accustomed to. A red Ferrari F430 caught ablaze just before the Susana Heights exit. Sources say that the Ferrari was part of an 8-car convoy that included some BMW’s and Porsche’s on their way to Tagaytay.
The car is said to be owned by a certain Sevi Oliva, the biggest importer of exotic cars here in the Philippines. The car costs around Php 20,000,000 including taxes. Ferrari will replace the vehicle if the accident is proven to be a factory defect.
That Ferrari model (F430) is known to have a burning or overheating issue (see Safety Issues). There is even a recall for a flaw in the design of the clutch pump. But, some discussions in our local forums claim that the exhaust of the vehicle was swapped for an aftermarket upgrade which might also be a cause.
The pictures (including the one below) scattered all over the internet were taken by a certain powershift, a member of Honda Club Philippines. Unfortunately, only a few sites credit the original photographer. The news definitely started in Honda Club because there was a subgroup (EK Elites) that was also on their way to Tagaytay (funrun). It (topic) was then adapted in a couple of other local automotive forums. Videos were said to have been taken but none is still put up for viewing.
Making fun of someone’s misfortune
Even more entertaining are the comments people come up with in the discussion forums. Compilation – “pede pa yan ayusin, half ferrari + half volkswagen = volksrari,” “para sigurong sinisilaban sa pwet ang insurance company neto,” “moral of the story… lagyan ng tubig ang radiator pag buma-byahe!”, “bagong kulay ng ferarri, 2 toned na red and gray,” “LF: ferrari front cut budget 50k,” “ang mahal mahal ng kotse walang included na sprinkler system,” “parang pinanood mo ung pera mo na nasusunog,” “baka nilagyan ng KHAOS,” “ferrari sidemirror for sale swak sa civic sedan fresh walang sunog.. 80k pair (neg),” “da best talaga tung ferrari limited barbeque edition pre,” “Malamang dinala sa Porsche dealership yan sa EDSA ortigas, gagawing commercial nila. And it will read – Don’t let this happen to you! Buy a PORSCHE now!”
And, the Fita biscuits reference, where they say the fairy might drop the back-half of the car – “Gusto ko ng sports car, yung red!” More pictures here.