Ford Mustang Burns To A Crisp At The Drag Strip: Video

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A modified fifth-generation Ford Mustang burst into flames earlier this month at the TX2K 2016 drag race event in Texas, apparently due to a ruptured nitrous oxide line, according to website GTspirit.

In the clip above, courtesy of 1320video, we see the Ford Mustang ready to make a pass when smoke starts to trail out behind it. Small flames start to lick out from underneath the hood, prompting a response from men with fire extinguishers. Before too long, however, the Ford Mustang’s entire engine bay erupts in flames, charring the engine, hood, fenders, and front bumper cover.

Eventually, a small fire truck arrives on the scene, and the drag racing S197 Ford Mustang is extinguished.

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This video is an unfortunate reminder of the big risks associated with racing, and even car-modifying in general. While nitrous oxide itself is not flammable, it breaks down at just over 560°F, releasing its constituent Oxygen and Nitrogen. That sudden increase in available Oxygen increases the risk and severity of fires under the hood.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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