New Porsche 911 GT3 owners are told to "stop using their vehicles" after two incidents of engine bay fires

Porsche is advising owners of the recently launched 911 GT3 to "stop using their vehicles", following two incidents of engine bay fires.

In both instances "engine damage" occurred which then led to a fire, thought to be caused by oil spilling onto hot components.

A total of 785 of Porsche's high-performance variant of the 911 have been delivered so far this year. The two cars affected were based in Italy and Switzerland respectively; no accidents or injuries resulted from the incidents.

The company's engineers are currently working to identify the fault, after which any necessary revisions will be made to the remainder of the cars at Porsche dealerships.

As well as contacting existing customers, those that have not yet taken delivery are being made aware that there may be a slight delay in the arrival of their new 911 GT3 while the circumstances surrounding the failures are investigated.

Porsche has said that it will report on any new findings immediately.

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21 February 2014
...at least 120 Ferrari 458s went ablaze before the Italians did anything about it. And self-immolation has almost become a design feature of the Tesla Model S.

21 February 2014
According to BBC

On 24 August 2010, BBC News reported that ten 458s had either crashed or caught fire in just three months. Ferrari responded later that it was aware of the fire-related cases, and was in the process of investigating them.

On September 1, 2010 Ferrari officially recalled all 1,248 of the 458s

i.e. there only 1,248 built before the recall, 7 days before the recall only 10 had caught fire according to the press

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

21 February 2014
Just shows that great German engineering and build quality is a myth. This sort of incident would never happen with a McLaren.

21 February 2014
Roadster wrote:

Just shows that great German engineering and build quality is a myth. This sort of incident would never happen with a McLaren.

Yeah, because British engeneering and build quality is known all over the World for being the best. No, wait....??!

21 February 2014
egonolzen wrote:
Roadster wrote:

Just shows that great German engineering and build quality is a myth. This sort of incident would never happen with a McLaren.

Yeah, because British engeneering and build quality is known all over the World for being the best. No, wait....??!

I don't recall an 12C engine going up in flames. This is potentially a fundamental mechanical fault, which could be fatal. The 12 C has had its niggling issues, but these have been typical of all manufacturers, Porsche included.

Overall then, I think Roadster made a valid point.

21 February 2014
gaco1 wrote:
egonolzen wrote:
Roadster wrote:

Just shows that great German engineering and build quality is a myth. This sort of incident would never happen with a McLaren.

Yeah, because British engeneering and build quality is known all over the World for being the best. No, wait....??!

I don't recall an 12C engine going up in flames. This is potentially a fundamental mechanical fault, which could be fatal. The 12 C has had its niggling issues, but these have been typical of all manufacturers, Porsche included.

Overall then, I think Roadster made a valid point.

Indeed, if McLaren have had an issue with their cars, they wouldn't have been on a scale that resulted in catastrophic mechanical failure or, worse, endangers people's lives like the 991 GT3. And as someone else said, the 996 suffered from engine issues too. McLaren's attention to detail and the thoroughness of their engineering is unmatched so there's no way they'd have a massive issue like this with their cars. In fact. I don't even recall Aston Martin or Jaguar have any issues with their cars which are on same scale as Porsche. It is time all this misleading propaganda about in-depth and superior German engineering, design and technology came to an end because it's all untrue. And with Ferrari having similar major issues, it seems clear that if you want a brilliant sportscar that is actually well designed and built, you need to choose British. I'd have chosen a F-Type, Vantage or 12C over a 911 or 458 any day of the week, more so now that we know the 911 is a potential death trap.

21 February 2014
Saucerer wrote:
gaco1 wrote:
egonolzen wrote:
Roadster wrote:

Just shows that great German engineering and build quality is a myth. This sort of incident would never happen with a McLaren.

Yeah, because British engeneering and build quality is known all over the World for being the best. No, wait....??!

I don't recall an 12C engine going up in flames. This is potentially a fundamental mechanical fault, which could be fatal. The 12 C has had its niggling issues, but these have been typical of all manufacturers, Porsche included.

Overall then, I think Roadster made a valid point.

Indeed, if McLaren have had an issue with their cars, they wouldn't have been on a scale that resulted in catastrophic mechanical failure or, worse, endangers people's lives like the 991 GT3. And as someone else said, the 996 suffered from engine issues too. McLaren's attention to detail and the thoroughness of their engineering is unmatched so there's no way they'd have a massive issue like this with their cars. In fact. I don't even recall Aston Martin or Jaguar have any issues with their cars which are on same scale as Porsche. It is time all this misleading propaganda about in-depth and superior German engineering, design and technology came to an end because it's all untrue. And with Ferrari having similar major issues, it seems clear that if you want a brilliant sportscar that is actually well designed and built, you need to choose British. I'd have chosen a F-Type, Vantage or 12C over a 911 or 458 any day of the week, more so now that we know the 911 is a potential death trap.

...Autocar has removed this from the front page (on request by Porsche??), yet the GT3 RS which came before it remains. I suspect Haymarket has a large advertising account with Porsche/VAG. It hasn't even featured on Pistonheads, another Haymarket publication which every-week comes up with something new and invariably positive on the marque.

22 February 2014
Roadster....how do you know that.....all i'm hearing there is Land of hope n glory,blah, blah, blah!.

Peter Cavellini.

21 February 2014
Well, its to be expected. Funny to see someone jump up and down disseminating false information on Ferrari now.

Ferrari are now considered one of , if not THE strongest brand in the world. Get over it.

First its the engines in the 996, and now these. Its the age old saying again, 'You'd be fool to buy a Porsche without a warranty'. Most hyped up marque I am aware of.

21 February 2014
gaco1 wrote:

Well, its to be expected. Funny to see someone jump up and down disseminating false information on Ferrari now.

Ferrari are now considered one of , if not THE strongest brand in the world. Get over it.

First its the engines in the 996, and now these. Its the age old saying again, 'You'd be fool to buy a Porsche without a warranty'. Most hyped up marque I am aware of.

All the German marques are hyped up with the majority of their cars being average, while build quality and reliability is some of the worst in the car industry, probably only better than the French and Italians, and Porsche is no example. When Jeremy Clarkson goes on a rant about Porsche and how unreliable, clinical, boring and ugly he thinks they are, he actually talks sense and provides examples to back up his views. If anyone want a sportscar in this class, but can't stretch to a 458 or McLaren, then buy a F-Type or Aston Martin Vantage for a similar price to a 911. Both run rings around the 911, including reliability.

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