In the face of electrification, the Ferrari F8 remains a symbol of unbridled power and the final frontier of combustion engines. But its story takes an unexpected turn as one unit meets a fiery fate. In a blaze that caught the attention of many petrolheads, YouTuber Cody Detwiler, better known as Whistlin Diesel, found himself at the center of the storm as his V8-powered supercar turned into an inferno in the heart of a Texan cornfield.
The Accidental Burning
The Ferrari is destroyed as it succumbed to flames. Cody Detwiler, the 25-year-old owner, claimed the fire was purely accidental. With temperatures soaring to 116 degrees Fahrenheit, Detwiler and his crew engaged in wild driving antics with the F8 and a Chrysler Pacifica on a Texan cornfield. The unfortunate fire emerged as the climax of this adventure, leaving the once-gorgeous supercar engulfed in flames.
The Bold YouTuber
Cody Detwiler, aka Whistlin Diesel, has a history of putting cars through risky trials. His infamous YouTube channel is marked by daring feats that push the limits of vehicular endurance. One of his most notorious acts was a series where he sought to debunk Top Gear’s claim of the Toyota Hilux being indestructible. He gained notoriety by dropping a Hilux from 10,000 feet, resulting in a literal crush of the supposedly invincible truck. Below is the video of it.
Detwiler’s ownership of the Ferrari F8 was no ordinary affair. The blistering end of the F8 also marked the end of Detwiler’s unique campaign against the supercar. He admitted that he bought the vehicle with the sole intent of destroying it. In a series of videos over six months, he subjected the car to a barrage of unconventional tests, including off-roading and pelting it with stones. His intent was to challenge Ferrari’s reputation for perfection by pushing the limits of what their creation could endure.
A Precious Relic Remains
The blazing inferno consumed much of the F8, including its twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine. Despite the devastation, some components managed to survive the ordeal. The carbon ceramic brakes and the titanium exhaust, valued at approximately $8,000, were among the few remnants spared by the fire. Salvage efforts also yielded a Ferrari script badge and two Scuderia shields, relics of the supercar’s former glory.
Detwiler’s audacious acts haven’t gone unnoticed by Ferrari. He openly acknowledged the possibility of legal consequences, as his actions could violate the brand’s sanctity and image. By subjecting the F8 to extreme tests, he set out to fish for a response from the Prancing Horse brand.
A Fiery Future
Despite the inferno and the impending legal concerns, Detwiler remains undeterred. At the conclusion of the infamous video capturing the burning F8, he teased that more Ferrari-related content would follow on his channel. It seems that the allure of pushing boundaries and capturing attention is an irresistible temptation for Whistlin Diesel.