Twin-Supercharged Ferrari 599 Catches Fire During Formula Drift Racing Debut

Federico Sceriffo managed to stun Formula Drift fans and petrol heads alike with his massively modified Ferrari 599, but the Italian didn’t get to enjoy his race car too much.

In fact, the excitement lasted until the second run of the season opener, when the racer caught fire. In the video that follows, you can see the driver pulling into the runoff area, as he might have noticed that there’s something wrong with the ride.

Just a few seconds later, the camera comes back on the Ferrari, which is already engulfed by flames. Sceriffo kicks the door with his foot to exit the burning vehicle, and in an attempt to save the supercar, he reaches for the on-board fire extinguisher, from the passenger side.

However, it was already a lost battle, so he eventually gave up. The safety crew arrived at the scene shortly after and put out the fire.

It appears that the Ferrari 599 sustained some damages during the first run at Long Beach, when Federico Sceriffo hit his competitor, Chelsea DeNofa, pushing him into the tire wall. That’s when a knuckle broke on the supercar, which eventually pinched and severed the fuel line.

A few pictures taken right after the incident reveal the condition of the Ferrari, which will need significant work to be brought back to its former condition.

H/T to Jalopnik

  • Six_Tymes

    Very glad he is OK. its amazing to see the massive air intakes


    It’s not a total loss. That can definitely be repaired. I’ve seen drift cars burned to a crisp and brought back to life. We’ll see more of this thing.

    • I hope so, but the repair bill must be high, I wonder if he will eventually swapped it for more usual “drift” engine of JZ or Chevy V8.

      • LWOAP

        Doubt it. That engine is what makes it special.

        • I just hope that it will get rebuilt in the end, if he can keep the Ferrari V12 than it would be great.

  • Shane

    How Italian of it.

  • dean

    whats the big deal? have you ever seen a ferrari not on fire?

  • Good thing that he is alright, I hope the Ferrari can be revived.

  • Richard Sloman

    Karma is her name… Anyone that does such things to a Ferrari deserves that amount of smoke…
    Glad no-one was hurt though…

  • robotlogic

    I wonder if the chassis is trash now? That fire looked hot enough to alter any aluminum that required heat treatment for added strength.

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