The old joke about Ferraris being prone to catching fire is a tired crutch for lazy automotive writers, right up there with cracks at British electronics.
In related news, LaFerrari owners are reportedly being asked to bring in their hypercars for a free fuel-tank replacement—something that one might presume indicates, you know, a potential fire risk if left unaddressed.
, the aforementioned fuel-tank replacement swaps in a new unit painted with a non-conducting coating.
While there has only been since the car came out, it seems the automaker has reason to be concerned with its flagship supercar's fuel tank—enough to require "a few weeks" downtime, according to Autoblog.nl, though the repair itself only takes eight hours.
When asked about the reports, a Ferrari spokesperson provided the following statement:
With reference to erroneous information published by some web sites, Ferrari states that no recall has been issued regarding the LaFerrari. Due to a possible incorrect adhesion of a layer of paint on the fuel tank, some clients have been invited to take their cars to an authorized service center to substitute the fuel tank with a new one with new paint. The time to change the fuel tank is relatively short and the intervention concerns only a limited number of LaFerraris.
The spokesperson further clarified that the service takes "a day," and that the repair involves "a few early cars," which will receive an improved fuel tank that was updated sonewhere along the production run and installed at the factory on later LaFerraris.
Something tells us that every client who's been "invited" to participate in this not-a-recall would be well advised to do so.