That clever active rear wing is one of the coolest parts on the tech-fest Ford GT supercar, but a design flaw in the device has been revealed to constitute a fire risk.
The problem lies in a ‘valve block assembly’ for the hydraulic system that operates the wing – which also doubles as an air brake. The valve can leak hydraulic fluid onto the exhaust, which – if hot enough – could trigger a blaze. In fact, one car in Germany did go up in flames as a result of the issue in summer – a fire which thankfully didn’t result in any injuries.
Ford has now recalled 176 cars in the US plus a further 18 in Canada. We’re yet to hear of a European recall, but one will presumably be following soon.
All cars will receive a software tweak “which eliminates the possibility of excessive pressure in the valve block assembly,” Ford said in a statement. Some GTs will be fitted with a ‘rear wing hydraulic check valve’, and given fresh o-rings and new filters if required.