Have you driven a Ford lately? Sorry could not help myself...
Following nearly a decade hiatus, American manufacturer Ford unveiled the second generation of the GT in 2016 as the reinterpreted mid-engine two-seater sports car that ignited the imagination of many wannabe racers.
Being such a pretentious machine, the carmaker doesn’t roll out that many models of it a year, production being somewhat capped at 250 units per year, to a total of 1,000 units. And when it sells them, it does so after making customers sign a strict contract that bans people from selling the car for two years after purchase.
That makes the announcement made on Wednesday by Ford of an even higher impact than would normally have been for GT enthusiasts.
Ford said it will recall about 200 GTs manufactured between December 20, 2016, and July 31, 2018, due to a potential fire hazard.
Back in June, a Ford GT ignited and burned to a crisp on a road somewhere in Germany, without hurting anyone, and for reasons that were at the time unknown.
Ford dug deep into the matter, and some four months after the incident a reason for the fire might have been found.
Ford says the models being recalled may be affected by hydraulic fluid of the rear wing leaking and ending up on the exhaust, due to excessive pressure in the valve block assembly, Once there, the fluid can ignite, taking most of the car with it.
“Ford is aware of one fire that occurred in Germany with no injuries. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of this condition,” the carmaker says in a statement.
For dealers will fix the problem by providing the cars with a software update to fix the fully integrated vehicle controller which handles the valve block assembly. For the few models that lack a hydraulic check valve and filter, these will be fitted, as will hydraulic pump o-rings as an extra precaution.
Attached below is the official statement from Ford.
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 10, 2018 – Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 200 select 2017-18 Ford GT vehicles. In affected vehicles, hydraulic fluid may leak from valves located underneath the rear wing block onto the exhaust and may cause a fire.
Ford is aware of one fire that occurred in Germany with no injuries. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of this condition.
Affected vehicles include 2017-18 Ford GT vehicles built Dec. 20, 2016 through July 31, 2018.
There are approximately 194 vehicles in North America relating to this concern, with 176 in the United States and 18 in Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S29.
Dealers will perform a software update to the fully integrated vehicle controller, which eliminates the possibility of excessive pressure in the valve block assembly. Some vehicles without a hydraulic check valve and filter will be fitted with the hardware, as well as hydraulic pump o-rings, if needed.