Ford is recalling approximately 200 of its GT supercars because of a possible fire risk. The fire hazard stems from the active rear wing’s hydraulic lift system. Fluid can leak from the system’s valve block assembly located underneath the rear wing, then fall onto the hot exhaust, where it can ignite.
Earlier this year, a Ford GT owner in Germany lost his car to a fire in the engine bay. At the time, we weren’t exactly sure what caused the fire, but Ford says the leaking hydraulic system was responsible. Other than that fire, Ford isn’t aware of any other instances related to this issue.
If you’re a Ford GT owner, Ford will probably call you, send you a note and make sure you’re aware of the problem — but, on the off chance that they don’t: Here’s what will happen. When you take your GT to the dealer for the recall work, Ford will perform a software update to the fully integrated vehicle controller to eliminate the possibility of excessive pressure in the valve block. The dealer will also install a rear wing check valve and replace O-rings on certain vehicles.
This only affects vehicles built from Dec. 20, 2016, through July 31, 2018. If your car is built outside of those dates, it still wouldn’t be a bad idea to contact Ford. After all, you don’t want to risk losing your GT because of a hydraulic fire.