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Clapton Gets A Recall

Eric Clapton loves hot cars - but not this hot.  Reacting to a half dozen reports of 458 Italia models that have gone up in flames, Ferrari announced a recall involving the exotic cars, including one in the stable of high-horsepower cars belonging to EC.  The problem has been traced to an adhesive used in the rear wheel well that can melt under intense heat, causing a portion of the aluminum body to come into contact with the exhaust and possibly ignite.  Letters went out to the 1,248 owners 458 Italia owners notifying them of the problem.  You can bet Clapton, who has owned several of the company's cars and is tight with management (story), got special attention from Ferrari and may have had his retrofitted with metal rivets to prevent the bodywork from sagging even before the letters went out.  At least the defect gives the thousands of prospective owners on the 3+ year waiting list a reason to be glad they were not able to get theirs yet.


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