Extra Crispy: Mercedes E350e PHEV Burns To The Ground During Testing

A pre-production Mercedes E350e plug-in hybrid apparently caught fire during testing on the French mountain Ventoux.

Our reader David happened to pass through before and after the incident, showing the plug-in hybrid version of the E-Class being tested with a dead weight trailer on the slopes of the French mountain.

“The incident took place on the slopes of the Ventoux in the south of France,” David said. “Why did it catch fire, I do not know the causes. It was a Mercedes E 350e HYBRID rechargeable. When I arrived there, there was only the skeleton and the tow truck that was coming.”

It’s not the first time we see a test car go up in flames when strapped to a trailer; last June it was an Audi A7 mule that suffered the same fate during some tests up in the Alps.

Let’s just hope that every member of the test team escaped unharmed and that Mercedes found out what went wrong with their car.

A Tip of the Hat to David!

PHOTO GALLERY

Did You Know The BMW 3-Series Touring’s Rear Window Can Be Opened?

For decades, BMW estate cars have have this feature, but apparently, not everyone knows about it.

1980s VW Golf Bathed In Carbon Fiber With 730 HP Challenges Audi RS7, RS3, R8 V10

Can this carbon fiber Golf accelerate faster than an Audi RS7 and Audi R8 V10 Spyder?.

2020 BMW 5-Series G30 Rendered With Accurately Restyled Front End

The facelifted BMW 5-Series will get less bulkier headlights and a larger grille out front.

2020 Corvette C8 vs C7: Let’s See How They Compare

The all-new 2020 Corvette C8 is a mid-engine supercar with amazing performance characteristics.

2020 Mazda3 SkyActiv-X Does Live Up To (High) Expectations

A petrol-powered engine that works like a diesel but is much more refined quite an achievement in our books.

Alleged Drunk Driver Slams Head-On Into Police Car In Ohio

Any accident in which you’re to blame is to be avoided at all costs; this goes double for hitting a police cruiser.

McLaren 720S Battles It Out Against Lamborghini Aventador S

The Aventador S has more oomph and all-wheel drive, so it must be the winner, right. Right?.

Thought The 812 Superfast Had Slipped Under Mansory’s Radar? Think Again

The Italian supercar features a complete makeover, boasts more power and is named the (ahem) Stallone.

2020 BMW M135i Measured Against Old M140i In Series Of Tests

The all-new M135i is a very different car compared to its predecessor, but is it better?.

Land Rover Back Packer Concept Is A Lunar Rover For Earth

The study is meant to allow you to explore even the harshest of terrains, but you’d have to give up on creature comforts.