Ferrari Loses 612 Scaglietti Fire Lawsuit
However, this isn’t the case with Ferrari, who now has to pay a financial compensation of EUR374,000 to a Romanian footballer, whose 612 Scaglietti reduced itself to a pile of ash back in 2006.
In April 2006, Gabi Popescu was driving his Scaglietti on the Bucuresti-Pitesti highway in Romania, when the vehicle burst into flames. The fire extended rapidly, turning the V12-powered Ferrari into a giant ball of fire. The vehicle had been delivered to him only a few weeks before the incident took place.
Ferrari, who wasn’t present on the local market back then, sent its specialists to Romania to investigate the matter, claiming that it was the driving style that caused the incident. Thus, the company refused to financially compensate Popescu. The football player filled a lawsuit against the Italian company, initiating a battle that lasted for five years.
The Court of Bucharest recently decided that Ferrari has to pay Popescu the aforementioned sum, comprising of the original price of the vehicle (EUR288,000), the interest (EUR44,000) and the compensation for moral damages (EUR50,000).
We will have to wait and see if Ferrari chooses to appeal against the decision or decide to end the (media-) story once and for all.