When a Ford Mustang does way too many donuts, the exhaust ignites and burns the car to the ground.
There’s a lesson here about just how many donuts are too many. We’re not sure exactly what that number of donuts is, but we do know that when your car catches fire, that’s too many.
At a car meet in Westlake, Texas, some unfortunate Mustang owner found that one out that hard way.
This video comes courtesy of Sinclair Photos (by way of Motor1) and starts off with a typical display at these impromptu car meetups: a big Mustang GT doing donuts in a parking lot. The video starts off with about a minute of the car throwing itself end over end while creating plumes of smoke from the rear tires.
And then people notice plumes of smoke coming out from beneath the engine bay. And then a few flames start licking the pavement, which gets the assembled crowd to start shouting “the Mustang’s on fire,” and "!@$% gonna blow up!"
When our cinematographer drops down low we can see naked flames hitting the asphalt from the Mustang’s undercarriage. For some reason, people thought that tossing water on the ground beneath the Mustang would be beneficial to its longevity. Perhaps the water would evaporate due to the intense heat and then smother the fire as a cloud of water vapor?
Anyway, that didn’t work. At all. And by the time anyone thought to get a fire extinguisher, it was already far, far too late.
Flames erupt from under the hood and even more white smoke comes pouring out from the engine bay. A few minutes later, tow truck drivers arrive with more fire extinguishers that are pitifully inadequate to quell the raging inferno just underneath the hood. Five minutes after that, fire trucks arrive and start to get serious on this fire, taking another five minutes to finally put it out.
So what happened? As Motor1 explains, the driver likely just kept their foot on the throttle way too long on those donuts. Unburnt gas combined with a red hot exhaust and caught fire. As soon as the oil in the engine ignited, that was all she wrote.