Porsche may have have a serious problem on its hands. After a rumored five 2014 911 GT3 coupes caught fire in recent weeks, Porsche launched an investigation and stopped delivering its road-ready racecar until it could diagnose the problem. Now, it has issued a press release asking all 2014 911 GT3 owners to immediately stop driving their cars until they can be inspected. Porsche is offering to pick up the cars from owners' homes and take them to the nearest dealer.

Porsche confirms that the at least two 911 GT3 coupes them have caught fire in Europe, and it has elected to inspect all 785 2014 GT3s worldwide. However, it claims no drivers have been injured in the fires. Unfortunately, Porsche says, "Internal studies to determine the cause of the engine damage have not been completed yet," so owners might have a bit of a wait before they are able to drive Porsche's ultimate 911 again. Scroll down to read the entire press release.
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Inspection of all 911 GT3 vehicles of model year 2014

Porsche inspecting engines of current 911 GT3 models

Atlanta. The sports car producer Porsche is inspecting all engines of 911 GT3 vehicles of model year 2014. Porsche is informing the owners of the affected vehicles directly and recommending that they stop using their vehicles. The company is offering to pick up the vehicles and take them to a Porsche Centre immediately.

Safety is a number one priority at Porsche, and the company takes its responsibility seriously. After engine damage occurred in two vehicles in Europe and the vehicles then caught fire. Porsche decided to inspect all 785 delivered vehicles worldwide. There was no traffic accident and no personal injure. Internal studies to determine the cause of the engine damage have not been completed yet.

Porsche will report on any new findings immediately.


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      sixspeedclutchhh
      • 10 Months Ago
      if porsche needs help picking up any of the gt3's from owner's houses, i'm available on weekends
      m_2012
      • 10 Months Ago
      I would be happy to take one.
      studley
      • 9 Months Ago
      These Fires are not the fault of poor engineering or poor manufacturing. Turns out that many Porsche GT-3 buyers were simply too cheap to Opt for the BSSCF (Braided, Stainless Steel, Carbon Fibre Coated Fuel Line) that is only $4,335 extra. And for an extra $1,955 you can get a PDFSC (Porsche Design Fire Suppression Canister) with the Porsche GT-3 Crest. PDFSC in Matching Body Color, add $ 445. Although the PDFSC cannot be reused, nor will put out fires larger than a smoldering cigarette, empty its makes a great stash can.
        Finklestein
        • 8 Months Ago
        @studley
        Not catching on fire should be a standard feature on EVERY vehicle.
        Eddie Brannan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @studley
        If it requires ss cf-coated cables in order to not leak and catch fire then they should come as standard, not as a $4k add-on.
      N.O.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Karma for making a 911 WITHOUT a manual transmission!
      AcidTonic
      • 10 Months Ago
      This is how you show you care..... Where as when this happens to an American company, they fight everyone acting like there's no recall or problem. (Jeep fuel tank issue for one) Then on the other end of the spectrum you have Porsche freaking out over something that is quite small and could even be attributed to 6-sigma expected failure rate after building 500,000 models having 2 fail is normal. But no they persist in saying they will look into it and even pick up your car...... Meanwhile the Ford Escape I own is recalled over 3 times for fires and it took a lot of work to get that recall fixed. Missing work, etc. I applaud what I'm seeing from Porsche right now.... that's how a prestigious automaker *should* respond.
        Rotation
        • 10 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        This is not a cultural thing. It's a liability thing. Park your car type recalls happen once the car company determines that they have a significant problem. From that point on, they are liable instead of just negligent. That's why they say they will pick up your car, because they don't want to driving it into the dealer because they would be liable if something were to happen. And there have only been a few hundred GT3s sold, 2 is not expected or 6-sigma. Why do you complain in the first half of your post that recalling a car is a good thing while in the bottom half complain that your car was recalled? Ford was proactive and recalled your car. They didn't fix it properly it seems, and that's bad. But we haven't seen anything about whether Porsche is going to fix this right the first time yet. And if you think German car companies fix things right the first time on recalls, you're wrong. Look at the VW/Audi coilpacks recalls. My Audi A6 was recalled 3 times in a year for fuel sender problems. Even those who had theirs fixed in the first round had to take theirs in to be fixed again (mine hadn't been in for the first round yet when the 3rd recall came). And more recently there's the BMW N54 HPFP problems, I know people who had their car in for the "fixes" 4 times.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Rotation
          He's an Evo fanboy, he's stupid by default.
        johnnyhedwardsjr
        • 10 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        2/785 is a 0.25% defect rate. The Six sigma process expects a 99.99966% defect rate. They did the right thing as this is totally beyond the acceptable defect rate for any product.
          Bruce Lee
          • 10 Months Ago
          @johnnyhedwardsjr
          it's probably higher than 0.25% anyways, that's just the cars that have already caught fire for a brand new car...
        lyphesaparty
        • 10 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        2 out of 785 is not going to give you good capability for any car company! However, I agree they are doing it the right way by handling it on their own before the problem has the potential to escalate like the ecoboost has multiple times.
        m_2012
        • 10 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        5 out of 700 have caught fire. Thats almost 1%. That would be like 3,000 Escapes catching fire per year and that would be...oh wait...never mind, carry on.
        Ron
        • 10 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Well said AcidTonic. This type of action is why Porsche has such a loyal following. They are handling this incident very well.
      richard
      • 10 Months Ago
      A lot of Porsche owners wishing they bought a Corvette instead.....
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 10 Months Ago
        @richard
        Nope don't think so. The Corvette won because of it's lower price to a basic 911 although it was not quite as good. Since the GT3 kills the 911 in performance and fun to drive factor, I believe the Corvette becomes irrelevant here.
        BIG DADDY
        • 10 Months Ago
        @richard
        especially if they live in Brooklyn
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 10 Months Ago
      If I had one, I would trade it in for a Ferrari.
      QuambaFu
      • 10 Months Ago
      Maybe that 9500RPM redline isn't such a good idea after all?
      marv.shocker
      • 10 Months Ago
      Thanks, Audi
      • 10 Months Ago
      [blocked]
        recharged95
        • 10 Months Ago
        German reliability has been good mechanically. Electrically... that's another story. Fire caused by lots of heat near electrical stuff--would not be surprised.
          Michael Mc
          • 10 Months Ago
          @recharged95
          Since most of the electronics in Porsche is from Hitachi, what exactly German electronics are you blaming? Even the Bosch electronics is from the Asian division, produced in Taiwan and Korea. Its a global market, there are no more single origin autos. I would bet this is more emissions-mechanical than electrics. Big hp engine producing lots of heat in rear engine configuration and several catalytic converters. Car idles for extended period, cats get really hot, composite materials start to fatigue, melt and combust. They'll design a larger heat shield and maybe remap fueling for slightly richer idle if possible to still meet emissions and all's ok in Porsche land. Should have been vetted in testing but engineers probably never figured people would drive these things in heavy, slow traffic or sit idling for minutes on end.
      benjamin_braddock
      • 10 Months Ago
      Many owners are probably wishing they went for the McLaren MP4-12C now.
      Alan Ko
      • 10 Months Ago
      Oh, zee Humanity....
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