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.

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Surely all German engineering is perfect, if there is a fire starting it's probably caused by a faulty British component. Probably made by Jaguar Land Rover.

I need to go and pleasure myself whilst listening to Kraftwerk.

When you try to extract 470hp out of 3.8 liters this type of thing happens. A C7 stingray is starting to look better and better.

still the best sports car in the world right now! reckon I'd have one over nearly anything else!

It's 2014 where a 1.6 litre engine is raced producing 600BHP and ragged to the limit.

500BHP from 3.8 litres is quite a comfortable exercise with Turbos.

Mitsubishi were getting 350+BHP from less than 2 litres back in 2008.

I wonder if all those smug Porsche fanbuys who previously berated the GT-R for being a Datsun that would break, will be eating a large serving of humble pie now :-)

That 1.6 litre engine has to be torn apart and rebuilt every race and cost over 200k. My point is that small displacement engines that put out lots of HP are more prone to problems and suck petrol like there's no tomorrow. Higher displacement or turbos is the answer.

Porsche have the worst Electrical failure record next too Bentley, couple this Balls up with it and it speaks volumes, leave them alone.

Blow an engine yes, but how can a loose connecting rod bolt cause a fire when stationary? Writer must have two different issues confused in the artical.

Never really been a fan of the 911 anyway. This engine issue really is poor when you consider this is a low volume very expensive product. It should be faultless in every way. GTR NISMO for me thanks....or maybe the forthcoming NSX...

Those 1.6 engines are also run at near 15000 rpm for over an hour. Luckily there is an hour and there is a thing called progress. In the 1980s a Ford Granada 2.8 V6 made 116BHP. In 2008 a Mits 1998cc 4cyl made 354BHP. In 2020 1.0 3cyls will make 200+BHP and 100+ mpg. Engineering doesn't stand still.

Maybe so but you had better befriend a good mechanic if you own and run them hard because they will most assuredly break down. A turbo is the way to go because it consumes less petrol and makes more power/ torque at lower RPM's.

Nah. Better materials, manufacturing tolerances, progress, development. Turbos are good nowadays, but the early ones used to blow up because their bearings couldn't stand 100,000+ RPM forever and they had problems with intercoolers etc. All that was fixed with development. Same applies to engines.

Porsche will take the old engines, fix the screw retention problem, recondition and reuse the engines.

Motorcycles have been getting high BHP/Litre outputs for years using very high RPM and years and development has made them solid.


Motorcycle engines are a completely different configuration with most being inline fours that only have to haul around 370 lbs. Lately "progress" is actually making engines weigh more and cost more while offering a lower MPG. This is precisely why companies(bmw) (audi) are moving to turbos and small displacement. There isn't anything that a 3.0 Twin turbo can't solve by just turning up the boost. Higher mpg with usable power and torque just where you need it in the 3000-6500 range. It's just hard to beat chap.

Waat? No one said the Nissan would break. You just made that up.

How is "500BHP from 3.8 litres is quite a comfortable exercise with TURBO'S" relevant to the GT3???