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Foam melts, becomes flammable at high heat

Updated: April 4, 2007, 2:40 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The protective foam in the right door of the "Car of Tomorrow'' will begin melting at 200 degrees and is flammable at a temperature of about 570 degrees, according to a representative of the company that designed it.

Dean Case, a spokesman for the Dow Automotive, a business unit of Dow Chemical Company, said anything under those circumstances also would produce a toxic fume that if breathed in excessive amounts could be hazardous.

But Case said NASCAR officials ...

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