It looks like 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 drivers might actually get to drive their cars again soon. Reports of fires affecting the track-ready Germans first began about a month ago. Then, a few days later, the automaker confirmed two of the five alleged blazes and said owners shouldn't drive their cars until further notice. Porsche then went so far as to offer to pick up the GT3s and transport them to the nearest dealer until the problem was identified and a fix was found. Finally, there appears to be a repair.

"We know the reason and the problem-solving measures. We're testing them," said Porsche CEO Matthias Müller to Bloomberg. The technical fix will be released to owners shortly.

The recall affects all 785 GT3s that have been sold so far, but there have been no reported injuries caused by the fires. When it first announced the safety campaign, Porsche said: "Internal studies to determine the cause of the engine damage have not been completed yet."

With winter rapidly turning in spring, hopefully Porsche can fix these road-legal racecars in time for drivers to enjoy the nicer weather.

UPDATE: According to AutoGuide, speaking to Porsche spokesperson Nick Twork, the company will put new engines in all of the affected 785 cars. "We will be replacing the engines in each of the 911 GT3s that have been built thus far," Twork told the publication. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available, and head over to AutoGuide for the full followup.


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      kcroc10077
      • 9 Months Ago
      Another reason to follow the automotive golden rule: Ye shall wail at least 12 months, preferably 18-24, before purchasing a new model car. It gives the manufacturers time to iron wrinkles, both small and large, without you being a beta tester. It's not 100%, but it's effective.
      Nicholas
      • 9 Months Ago
      Good news for Hammond, I guess.
      • 9 Months Ago
      [blocked]
      greg
      • 9 Months Ago
      oh so no more jokes about it on Top Gear... that has been very funny
      BDO guy
      • 9 Months Ago
      New Engines for everyone. Fault: Connecting Rod Bolts. Corrective Action: New Engines with New Bolts Corrective Action Validation: Testing underway, but not yet complete Timeline: Unknown, will advise after validation a specific workshop date for your car Analysis has revealed that in both cases the engine damage was caused by a loosened piston rod screw connection which damaged the crankcase. In order to avoid this in the future, an optimized screw connection is currently being tested. For the final validation of this solution, Porsche AG is currently carrying out extensive tests.
      ds
      • 9 Months Ago
      Its funny to see all the dumb comments and responses. Fires do happen. They happen to Porsches, Ferraris, Corvettes... yes, its a bad thing, but that is what happens when you push engineering to the limits... However, one thing remains true: Porsche is the most reliable of the sport cars. Not Ferrari or Audi R8, not even Corvette can stand next to Porsche reliability and built quality....
        James John
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ds
        Nothing wrong with pushing engineering to the limits. But shouldn't these fire issues be worked out before they go to consumers hands?
        A Yahoo! user
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ds
        Sorry, Mazda Mx5 is the most reliable of the Sport Cars. Designed and built from the ground up to be a Sports Car. Not a overheated VW.
      Mbukukanyau
      • 9 Months Ago
      The problem with the 911 is performance has not increased with price.
        Noah
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        I find it really sad that virtually nobody on this supposed "auto enthusiast" forum knows what they're talking about in regards to the vehicles they comment on. It's bordering on ridiculous. Comical, really. Until you've driven every generation of 911, and know exactly what they've done with them through the years in each refresh... you really have no way of speaking with any authority on this subject. I know for an absolute fact that you've never driven the 993, you've never driven the 996, you've never driven a 997, or even been inside of a 991. None of these vehicles are even close to being in the spectrum of your knowledge... know how I know? Because if you had, the price differences from generation to generation would be so blatantly obvious to you. And that begs the question... why even comment, dude? No, seriously. It's not even subjective. We're not even talking about your opinion. It's just outright incorrect. The finish, the materials, the technology, the testing, the development... I could go on and on... it's such an astronomical improvement over the early years of the 911 it's outrageous. The 911 is hands-down the best value in automotive engineering on the market. But "enthusiasts" such as yourself don't seem to be enthusiasts at all. Frankly I don't even know why you're here. Do you have anything of value to add? No, really. Do you? I think AOL needs to get their priorities straight and ban the vast majority of you guys.
          Charles Robichaud
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Noah
          to FLC, your right... I may never be able to afford all the "nice" cars you and Noah own!!! I have been dreaming.... I have had this love affair with cars since I was 5yrs old. it started with my first Hot Wheels car... and i've been collecting them ever since! now at 43 I've got thousands of them... and it's all been a waste... I see now the errors of my ways! if ya can't afford it, you shoundn't dream or blog about it!!! no, seriously... I am totally lmfao at you 2!!! do you realize that some times people purposely put crap out there as a joke... to call out the ego maniacs like yourselves!!! maybe you guys can ban yourselves... hell just keep the foot in your mouths! crap, that means these monkeys can still type... with there other foot!!! maybe we can get Jeremy Clarkson to break there knuckles... by driving over their hands... with a squashed beetle!!! isn't he just so amateurish Noah... never owning a Porsche and all???!!!
          flc
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Noah
          What do you expect from a bunch of teenie boopers or college dropouts that can't afford most of the cars they talk smack about?
          Charles Robichaud
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Noah
          it's a update on the business end of what the German engineering firm... known as Porsche, is doing!!! not how many 99#, 99# or 99#'s you have owned or driven.! we are enthusiast's... not a cranky rich old dude.! I don't want to AOL ban anyone.... (well maybe now), but really why are you here? did you really contribute ANYTHING? really.... really? thank god you didn't go on and on.... dude!!!
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        this is such an sad and uninformed comment mbukukanyau...The new 991 CS is almost as fast as the old Turbo. Performance has improved drastically with every generation. Your comment is this of a troll with little to no knowledge.
          NightFlight
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          Couldn't agree more. It is like he didn't even think before he typed that comment.
      bonehead
      • 9 Months Ago
      The GT3 is my dream car but aesthetically its not the best looking porsche. I much prefer the front bumper on the 911 turbo and the Carrera to the strange droopy GT3 bumper. But if given the choice, id take the GT3 Turbo Bumper http://www.bmwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/porsche-911-TURBO-08.jpg Carrera Bumper http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LmzqgYYwvMU/UQyVlmYYfRI/AAAAAAAALcw/-5fPt1w2Ihg/s1600/2013-Porsche-911-Carrera-S-left-front.jpg
      • 9 Months Ago
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      bonehead
      • 9 Months Ago
      This whole think makes Porsche owners feel like Ferrari owners.
        juststudent
        • 9 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        or any auto brands on earth. In this year alone, we heard of potential fire risk in several Chrysler and Toyota models. We heard a lot about fire risk in Tesla, Aston Martin, Lamborghini etc. No brand or country boundary.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @bonehead
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      Charles Robichaud
      • 9 Months Ago
      how in the fricken hell does this happen??? they must have really crappy test drivers!!! cause I would have thrashed the hell outta this thing on the test track... and I think they woulda found a problem! of course if I was the test driver, they probably wouldn't be able to keep enough tires in stock!!!
      James John
      • 9 Months Ago
      Your call this German engineering? It's an embarrassment.
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