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New Porsche 911 GT3 owners are told to "stop using their vehicles" after two incidents of engine bay fires
Lewis Kingston
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21 February 2014

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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Citytiger 28 February 2014

I do believe a 12C caught

I do believe a 12C caught fire on the side of the road in London last year, unfortunately this stupid forum will not allow me to post a link to the story..
jer 21 February 2014

True

It's the depth and scale of Germanic engineering that create the perception it is default superior. French, US, British often make superior stuff IMHO e.g. Mclaren, JLR, Renault F1. At least the intermediate shaft won't break....
Saucerer 21 February 2014

jer wrote:It's the depth and

jer wrote:

It's the depth and scale of Germanic engineering that create the perception it is default superior. French, US, British often make superior stuff IMHO e.g. Mclaren, JLR, Renault F1. At least the intermediate shaft won't break....

There are far more cars from British marques that are better than their German equivalents than it is the other way around. Which is even more remarkable when you consider the comparatively smaller budgets the likes of JLR, McLaren and Aston Martin have to work with. I suspect even Bentley and Rolls Royce aren't afforded the same vast sums their parent companies spend on their other cars.

gaco1 21 February 2014

Oh and...

...I would not be surprised if the 2 examples mentioned is an understatement. Rumors were that the car Chris Harris tested against the AM and the Merc for Pistonheads also went up in flames, heading back home on a flat bed....