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Supercars Series No. 6 Ford Mustang Bursts Into Flames: Video

While Chevy has been dominating the Australian Supercars series throughout 2023, Ford has been lagging behind the competition, something that Ford Performance head Mark Rushbrook has raised concerns about. The Blue Oval’s luck seemed to take a turn for the better on June 17th, 2023, at Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex in Darwin, Australia, as the No. 6 Gen3 Ford Mustang of Cam Waters took control of the race. Unfortunately, Waters’ No. 6 Mustang was felled by a serious fire under the hood, prompting an investigation by the sanctioning body, per Motorsport.

Waters was leading at Darwin when his No. 6 Mustang caught fire. He was able to guide the ailing race car off the racing surface at the exit of Turns 1 and 2, and extracted himself from the burning Mustang under his own power before it was attended to by safety crews.

The incident bore striking resemblance to two other fires that occurred earlier in the season at the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint, and Supercars launched an investigation, but found that the fires were unrelated to prior dangerous mechanical failures. As a precaution, all other Ford engines were also checked for dangerous failures, though none were found.

“An investigation into the Car 6 fire incident in Darwin is underway,” a Supercars spokesperson said in a statement. “Most importantly, Cam Waters safely walked away from the incident unharmed.”

The investigation returned that the fire of Waters’ No. 6 Ford Mustang was caused by a loose fuel fitting, which allowed fire to break out underneath the hood. While there was damage to the firewall, Waters’ team was able to make overnight repairs to the No. 6 Mustang, allowing him to return to competition for the remaining to races of the weekend.

“Following an initial inspection, led by Supercars, Tickford and Herrod Performance Engines, the fire appears to have been caused by a fuel fitting coming loose and is not related to previous fires experienced in the 2023 Championship,” the Supercars spokesperson explained.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Ford500guy

    Yeah, the same thing is going at Nascar in the country being chuvie biased against all the Ford Mustang teams.

  2. Tony

    Don’t you know Chevrolet owns nascar. Does not like for Ford’s to win. Just look at NASCAR history. And you will have your answer.

  3. Jamesleone

    It’s true ask Toyota it’s a Chevy world why do you think they only ask Hendricks to go to lemans building the car gives them a advantage on the nascar tracks

  4. Jim

    They say the fires are unrelated but isn’t it funny how they ALL look exactly the same failure.

    1. The Retired Viking

      Maybe they are using the same wiring supplier that did such a good job on the cruise control wiring in Navigators a few years back.

  5. Michael Deusa

    It is Ford and no one designs a car to catch fire.

  6. Tom

    M-Sport should run this series! Success guaranteed, not on the track but it’s quite another story if you read their PR articles.


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