In a long-overdue conclusion to the ongoing 911 GT3 fire-recall, Porsche engineers have finally figured out the blaze-inducing issue and are requesting all owners of the race-bred 911 to return to their local Porsche dealers in a few weeks to pick up their GT3s. Though this is reason for a collective sighs of relief from both customers and technicians alike, the dealer servicemen and women have quite the task on their hands since Porsche has requested all vehicles have their engines replaced.
“We’re not taking any risks when it comes to the safety of our customers,” Porsche Chief Executive Officer Matthias Muller stated yesterday shortly after the official recall address event held by the German manufacturer. “We’re acting fast and decisively to fix this.”
Just to recap the entire story behind the months-long fire scandal: After a reported five cases of 2014 911 GT3s catching fire (thankfully without any injuries), Porsche deemed the cars unsafe for any kind of driving and requested owners of the $191,000 track-bred sports car to park their vehicles indefinitely until further notice. With this, Porsche engineers retrieved the vehicles and sent them to their respective local dealerships for safety inspections whilst they waited for a final diagnosis from Stuggart HQ.
A few days ago, Porsche had discovered the culprit to be a less than adequate fastener on the connecting rod. The fastener would somehow break loose, which then lead to terminal damage of the crankcase. Unfortunately, this lead to a leakage of oil onto various heat-intensified parts of the vehicle, causing the infernos that followed.
No word has been said on what exactly Porsche will do with the faulty engines, but perhaps a number will be donated to museums or for Porsche’s own research. Regardless, car enthusiasts would indeed loathe to see the 911 GT3 engines scrapped but one can imagine a 1-of-785 GT3 engine coffee table? A wonderful addition to any Porsche enthusiast’s collection, and an undeniably fantastic conversation piece as well.