A Ford Mustang Went Up in Flames at the TX2K16 Drag Race

It’s easy to focus on the spoils of racing—the wins and the top honors—all while forgetting the true dangers involved in motorsport. Whether you’re behind the wheel of a GT racer or a drag car, the unexpected can happen. 

And that is precisely what happened at last week’s TX2K16 drag racing event in Houston, Texas. Competitors lined up to dash down the Royal Purple Raceway drag strip, including this fifth-generation Ford Mustang, however its run didn’t go as expected. A small fire broke out under the hood, triggering a nitrous line to rupture, which quickly escalated into a much, much larger fire. 

Aided by a strong wind blowing straight down the drag strip, the flames are stoked and quickly become too much for the pair of starting line officials to handle with handheld fire extinguishers. Eventually the track’s fire crew arrive on scene, pry open the car’s hood, and douse the engine bay, but by then the damage has been done. Thankfully the driver escaped unscathed, but sadly this looks like the end of the line for that Mustang GT.