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A video of a Ford Mustang catching fire has become viral on all social media platforms. In the video, a black 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible V8 is seen attempting a burnout at the 2018 Sturgis Mustang Rally in South Dakota. Mustangs and random burnouts have always had a special connection with each other at car shows; this being no exception.
Initially, the burnout seemed to have started just fine and the crowds started cheering the moment they saw the white tyre smoke. Upon gaining audience support, the driver pushed the engine harder while also being harsh to the clutch. This is when things went slightly south.
A massive fireball formed at the rear of the car and the engine audibly choked for a moment. The driver immediately let go of the throttle and the flame also died out. Fortunately, no harm was done; except maybe for the engine.
Whether the car was okay to leave the show is something left for us to assume. But it won't leave social media anytime soon. The internet just seems to love watching Mustangs getting into trouble during shows and show-offs, so much so that the Ford Mustang is stereotyped as a ‘crowd killer'.
Reason? Watch the long list of videos in which various Mustangs end up in the crowds while attempting to leave a venue in action.
The 2005 Mustang was available in both V8 and V6 formats. The 4.6-litre V8 engine makes 300bhp and 434Nm of torque while the 4.0-litre V6 unit is good for 210bhp and 325Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
In India, we get the 2015 Ford Mustang GT as the only option. Priced at Rs 74.62 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi), the Ford Mustang GT is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 which makes 396bhp and 515Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford Mustang is currently the best-selling sportscar in the world and has been like that for the past three years. The 2018 iteration of the Ford Mustang is already available in foreign markets while India is still doing decent sales with the previous-generation model.
Thoughts On The Ford Mustang Burnout Fail
The Ford Mustang is an ideal car for doing burnouts with its loud high-revving V8 and front-engine rear-wheel-drive layout. The 2015 version even introduced Line-Lock — a system used to lock up the front wheels and spin the rear wheels, in order to make the tyres warm for an ideal performance in a drag race. Or simply, it is a convenient system to do burnouts.
What do you think of this particular Mustang ending up in flames? It was indeed a close call and things could've gone worse if the driver pushed the ten-plus-year car even harder.