There are times when a spy photographer gets more than they bargained for. Most of the time, it involves an engineer chasing them away from their test mule. But sometimes, they catch something spectacular. Case in point are new shots of the next-generation F-Series Super Duty catching on fire while undergoing hot-weather testing in Death Valley.
Before we go any further, it needs to be stated that no one was injured in this fire. The two engineers who were driving the truck were able to get out and find their way to safety.
Judging from the pictures, it appears the fire started in the driver-side front wheel well and then spread. The spy photographer who caught the pictures said it took 21 minutes for the fire to burn completely to the ground. We can tell that the next version will utilize aluminum and magnesium. This is evident by the aluminum droppings around the road and the huge spark when the fire lit the magnesium on fire.
In a statement to Autoblog, Ford says they are investigating into the cause of the fire.