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The Dragon Burns a Perfectly Good Nissan GT-R NISMO to the Ground

Fire Consumes a GT-R NISMO on the Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina

It seems like fires have been causing high-dollar performance sport cars to drop like flies recently. Last week, another one of these tragedies occured when a 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO caught fire and burned to the point of no return. Luckily, nobody was injured in the fire which is still being investigate for the root cause of the tragic destruction.

Fire on Tail of the Dragon

Last Sunday, November 5th, along Highway 127 (nicknamed “The Tail of the Dragon” for it’s gnarly curvy roads) in North Caronlina, authorities were notified of a car that had caught fire. Firefighters weren’t able to arrive to the scene of the fire until 36 minutes after the call. By then, the fire had totally devoured the 2017 Nissan GT-R, a $170,000 sports car.

Nissan GT-R NISMO Sports Car

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Sharif Abdelbaset, who was the owner of the car. According to reports, Abdelbaset was taking the performance-tuned sportscar for a spin in that area since the vehicle handles exceptionally well on curvy roads (and because The Tail of the Dragon is well-known for being one of the best driving roads in the nation), when his engine suddenly seized to run. “I didn’t smell anything, didn’t see anything; no smell of fuel, no smoke…I was literally sitting in the car,” Abdelbaset said.

Abdelbaset had a friend following him on the Dragon on his motorcycle. The friend stopped and warned Abdelbaset that smoke was coming from the rear of the car. Abdelbaset reports that he thought his friend was joking at first. The driver and his friend opened the trunk and found that there was a small fire erupting from the right corner of the trunk. Another driver on the highway had driven by and stopped after seeing the vehicle smoking. They happened to have a fire extinguisher with them, which they gave to Abdelbaset, who tried to extinguish the fire. However, the fire extinguisher was not large enough to contain the fire and it began to spread. Within a matter of minutes, the fire had spread throughout the entire vehicle and could not be stopped. Abdelbaset grabbed a few of his valuable belongings out of the car and stood by watching his baby burn to the ground.

NISMO Burning to Ground

Because of the remote location, it took police nearly 15 minutes to arrive at the scene of the fire. They too were unequipped to contain the fire, which had already run it’s course throughout the entire vehicle. It took an addition 20 minutes for the fire department to arrive.

NISMO Fire in North Carolina

Abdelbaset stated that he was the owner of Forged Performance, a business based out of Marietta, Georgia, that specializes in upgrading and tuning of sports cars such as GT-Rs. He said that the car had several of aftermarket modifications. He believed the cause of the fire to be the accumulation of leaves in the back area of the car where temperatures are extremely high. He said that it is possible that the leaves could have caught fire which may have burned through the electrical harness and caused the engine to cut off.  While a buildup of leaves does sound somewhat logical, considering there were massive amounts of leaves falling at the time, the long list of modifications to his vehicle could have something to do with it as well.  Without a doubt, the insurance company will be doing an investigation on this fire.


Photo Credit to  Patrick Strzelecki



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