The Ford GT has been recalled due to an engine compartment fire risk.
Ford first suspected its race-derived supercar may have an issue when a German customer’s car burst into flames earlier this year. The Dearborn-based automaker replaced that customers car, then began looking into why it went up in smoke in the first place.
The company has now traced the problem back a leaky valve for the hydraulically operated active rear wing. This may allow hydraulic fluid to drip down onto hot parts in the engine bay, leading to a fire. All Ford GTs built between December 20, 2016, and July 31, 2018 are affected by this problem.
As of September 2018, Ford has sold 191 examples of the GT in the US. Of those, 176 are included in this recall campaign. Another 18 cars in Canada are also affected.
Ford says it will notify owners of the recall and install a new software that “eliminates the possibility of excessive pressure in the valve block assembly.” If needed, additional o-rings will also be installed, along with hydraulic check valves and filters.
The Ford GT features a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine that makes 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. It will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.3s and reach a top speed of 216 mph. The vehicle, which is built in Canada at engineering firm Multimatic’s production facility, is slated to stay in production for another two years, with a total production run of 1,000 cars planned.
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