This McLaren 570S is toast.
Back in April, we mourned the loss of a McLaren 765LT that was destroyed in a fire at a gas station. Only 765 examples were produced and the car was worth $358,000, which made the sight of it burning to the ground painful to watch. A couple of months later, another McLaren has burnt to a crisp. This time, a McLaren 570S went up in flames, but the circumstances are very similar. Like the incident involving a 765LT, the fire started while the car was being filled up at a gas station.
Royalty Exotic Cars, the same Las Vegas-based rental company that recently rented out a Ferrari F8 Tributo that got totaled, arrived at the gas station where the fire started in Maryland, Las Vegas, to see if the supercar was part of their fleet.
When they arrived, they were shocked to discover the burned-out remains of the McLaren 570S. The damage isn't quite as bad as the 765LT that caught fire as the front wasn't damaged, but the rear was incinerated. The fire also spread to the engine bay, so the car's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 cannot be recovered either. Looking at the damage, the melted McLaren 570S is clearly a total loss. Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze, but they couldn't save the 570S.
While the rental company's video shows the aftermath of the fire, footage recorded by a passerby shows the 570S engulfed in flames at a gas station. Luckily, nobody was injured, and the driver and passenger managed to get out in time. According to the video, however, the driver fled the scene and is still missing.
The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. A mechanical fault with the 570S could be to blame, but it looks like the fire started while the driver was filling up the car with fuel that may have spilled and sparked the fire. Either way, this is clearly going to be a hefty insurance payout, assuming the car is insured.