Porsche to replace all 911 GT3 engines after fire risk

Porsche 911 GT3 road car
18 Mar, 2014 10:25am Jonathan Burn

All 785 customer Porsche 911 GT3 cars will have engines replaced following fire fault

Update: Porsche has identified the problem – which led to two 911 GT3s catching fire – as a screw loosening in the connecting rods in the engine. A spokesman from the german manufacturer revealed all 785 customer cars worldwide will now have their engine replaced. Although the GT3 is still available to buy from Porsche dealers, deliveries of the supercar will be delayed for an undisclosed amount of time while Porsche rectifies the identified problem. 

Following two reported fires of the new Porsche 911 GT3, the German sports car brand has advised all 785 owners worldwide to stop driving their cars. Porsche has offered to collect and return all customer cars so they can identify and resolve any problems.

According to Porsche, the fires occurred in Switzerland and Italy while both cars were stationary. No injuries or casualties have been reported as a result of the fires. 

The ‘inspection’ issued by Porsche does not qualify as an official recall as the manufacturer has not isolated what the problem is. The manufacturer does claim, however, the issue does surround a problem with the 469bhp 3.8-litre flat-six engine.

Internal studies at Porsche are to determine the cause of the reported engine damage and will disclose any new findings immediately. Sales of the £100,540 supercar have halted until more specific details surrounding the engine problem have been uncovered.