|Originally posted by Fiero84Freak:|
VTEC kicked in yo. Car then promptly caught fire.
No seriously though I have to say I think car enthusiasts are overdramatizing this story a bit more than what it is. It's a prototype, testing at the Nurburgring. Cars when being tested there quite frequently have mechanical issues or even get involved in accidents; they are being driven in a manner that most people would not drive their cars in. If it was going to catch fire anywhere, it's good that it caught fire there, at this stage of the car's development, and that the driver was not injured.
Exactly. That track is a complex course. Very high brake temperatures, exhaust temps, and a lot of stress from staying in high RPM power band will add up. Prototype cars can still have undiscovered design or engineering issues that may result in failures, crashes, and fires, which is why they get tested in such places.