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Porsche recalls 911 GT3 for fire risk

Porsches in flames

25/02/2014 09:52 |  Comments: 

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Owners of Porsche 911 GT3s are asked not to use their cars as they might go up in flames.

After news broke of two 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 cars catching fire spontaneously about a week ago, Porsche urges owners not to use these vehicles and has offered to pick up the dangerous cars and take them to the nearest Porsche centre for inspection free of charge.

The cause of the fires is yet unknown but engineers at Porsche have started examining the remains of the gutted cars. Lucky for Porsche, relatively few GT3s have been sold so far: only 785 cars need to be recalled and collected. No injuries and accidents linked directly to the fire have been reported, although the owners must have been close to suffering a heart attack watching their 173 thousand Euro car burn to ashes in front of their eyes.

The fire is linked directly to the malfunction of the 3.8 litre, 476 PS in-line six boxer engine, but as of yet it is unclear what causes the engine damage exactly. Based on the account given by the witnesses of the two incidents, no conclusion can be drawn as to under what circumstances the model catches fire.

The 911 GT3 is not the first sports car suffering from impromptu cookout, Ferrari experienced a similar problem a while back. The engines of supercars generate a lot more waste heat than those of less powerful cars so they are more likely to catch fire if an inflammable part gets too close to a heated part.

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