February 21, 2014
Porsche Recalls The 911 GT3 Due To Fire Risk
We all know that the Porsche 911 has always been a hot car, but the 911 GT3 models sold last year are now part of a recall due to an engine fire hazard.
In a recent article on Top Speed, Porsche stopped the sales of the high performance 911 GT3 model. There have been several reports of the car suddenly bursting into flames. Thankfully, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries deriving from the unfortunate incidents.
The owner in at least one incident said the low oil pressure warning came on, he heard funny noises, smelt something different and smoke began form. Then the vehicle just burst into flames.
According to CNN Money, Porsche has now begun to contact the owners of all 785 GT3’s sold, 408 of them in the United States, with the recommendation to stop driving the vehicle until the problem has been rectified. Porsche has also offered to pick up the vehicle and transport it to a dealer to have it inspected and serviced if needed.
The cause of the fires hasn’t been established as of yet, but it is known that they stem from the 3.8-L, flat-six engine.
The 911 GT3 is one of Porsche’s high-end vehicles. Its price starts at $130,400 and the car can sprint from 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 195 mph. The 3.8-L produces 475 hp with an updated and modified crankshaft. The new titanium connecting rods and pistons allow the engine to rev at an impressive 9,000 rpm. The transmission is a dual clutch PDK and hooks to the rear-wheel-drive system to help the Porsche meet new performance levels.
However, all this new technology and modifications are all for naught with the recent fire dangers within the engine compartment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is “aware of proactive steps taken by the automaker to ensure the safety of its customers,” they said in a statement and are keeping in contact with Porsche.
According to drive.com.au, five of the new GT3s have been delivered to customers and they all have been contacted.
“We are contacting all customers and advising them that we will pick the cars up from them. They have either been contacted or are in the process of being contacted. We will bring the cars back to the dealership and we are waiting further advice from Germany as to what the technical fix is,” said Paul Ellis, Porsche Australia press relations manager.
“The problem relates to the engine and crank case damage which can result in oil leaking on to the hot exhaust and causing a fire,” and “no personal injury or danger involved,” he added.
If you are one of the 785 2014 GT3 owners and haven’t been contacted by Porsche, it might be wise to have your vehicle checked out before it’s too late.
Image Credit: TopSpeed.com