Porsche has traced a potential problem in its new 911 GT3 model, which has had two incidents of fires, to the connecting rod fasteners in the engine. Both these incidents were in Europe and no casualties have been reported.
In an unprecedented move, Porsche had earlier told its 785 GT3Â customers to stop driving their cars until the problem is fixed.
The German carmaker has determined an issue with the connecting rod fasteners that led to cracks in the engine block and resultant leakage of engine oil on to the hot exhaust components causing the fire.
Porsche has now said that it will replace the entire engine as a corrective measure though it still has to work out the logistics of that maneuver. Porsche has not commented on the cost of the exercise instead its spokesman has said, “We don’t put a price on our customer safety or vehicle integrity”.
Ideally it will not take Porsche more than a day to replace the engine once it has received the updated one. The German sports car maker however, has not put any timeframe to accomplish this task but has assured its customers that they will fix this problem as fast as they possibly can.
Letâ€™s hope that they can rectify the problem before spring so that its customers can enjoy the season in their 911s.
Porsche to replace engines of current 911 GT3 models press release
| Sports car manufacturer Porsche will be replacing the engines of all 911 GT3 vehicles of model year 2014. This is the corrective action derived from intensive internal analyses that were initiated in response to two engine fires. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that engine damage resulted from a loosened screw joint on the connecting rod. The loose connecting rod damaged the crankcase, which in both cases led to leakage of oil which then ignited.
After becoming aware of the two cases, Porsche promptly took action to avoid any risk to customers by advising them to cease using the affected 785 vehicles until further notice and have them picked up by a Porsche Centre. Now, engines with optimised screw fittings will be used in all Porsche 911 GT3 vehicles of model year 2014 â€“ including in those that have not been delivered yet. The relevant Porsche Centres are in direct communication with customers worldwide to discuss the further course of action.
Porsche points out that no other 911 models or other model series are affected by this action.