Ferrari issues do-not-drive warning over fire risk

Owners of the marque’s SF90 models are asked to keep it in PARK because leaking oil could start a blaze underhood

Owners of Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale and Spider are being asked not to drive the cars over a potential fire risk tied to the supercars’ twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8. The recall on the vehicle applies to 62 examples from model years 2022 through 2024 in Canada; and another 614 in the U.S.

The SF90, Ferrari’s first series-production PHEV, uses the above-mentioned V8 and an electric motor to generate 986 hp. On affected vehicles, it’s the gas half of the equation that’s the issue: the oil delivery pipes for the engine’s turbochargers feature a defect in their thickness, which could lead to a leak, posing a fire risk if that leaking oil falls onto a hot component.

Ferrari dealerships will replace defective turbocharger oil-delivery pipes free of charge, with recall notification letters sent to affected owners mid-December.

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Nicholas Maronese

Nicholas has been part of the Driving.ca team since 2018, and writes specifically about classic cars – like his first and currently only car, his 1971 Plymouth Valiant Scamp – whenever possible, though he also enjoys exploring vehicular history, automotive design, and car culture. His specific areas of focus include American cars of the 1930s, ’60s, and ’70s.

Summary

Driving.ca News and Features editor; and a Driving.ca contributor since 2018 Professional writer and editor for over 10 years, seeing publication in some of the most widely read outlets in Canada and the U.S. Specialties include classic-car profiles, automotive history, and stories exploring obscure Canadian car culture

Education

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Nicholas graduated from York University with a Bachelor’s in Professional Writing, and a minor in Philosophy. He also holds a Canadian Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL); and has been training to be a concours judge.

Experience

Nicholas started out writing news for Sympatico Autos (later renamed Autofocus) before eventually becoming that website’s chief editor. In 2018, he joined Driving.ca, and was not long after made the News and Features Editor. Nicholas has also contributed to the Toronto Star’s Wheels section; to Hagerty’s editorial efforts; and to an assortment of other publications. Nicholas has owned and maintained a 1971 Plymouth Valiant Scamp since 2012; and previously tinkered on a 1929 Ford Model A. He is a regular volunteer with the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Owen Sound, Ontario; and a frequent participant in Classic Car Adventures’ Maple Mille event in southern Ontario.

Major works by the author

Nicholas loves exploring overlooked corners of Canadian car culture. For Sympatico Autos, he put together a deep-dive look at General Motors’ disastrous introduction of its European Firenza to the Canadian market; drafted an authoritative history of the built-in-Canada MCV CH4 supercar; and arranged the first wind-tunnel test of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona “aero warrior” available online. For Driving.ca, he’s profiled Chris Hadfield’s passion for first-generation Ford Thunderbirds; proven that pre-war cars, excepting the Chrysler Airflow, were more aerodynamic backwards than forwards; and unearthed the story of the Ferguson Super Sport, a one-off roadster built in Toronto in the 1960s.

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