A fire that started in the engine bay has destroyed a prototype for the all-new Porsche 911 cabriolet. The prototype was undergoing routine testing in Steinegg, Germany.
So intense was the fire that the car reportedly burnt through in 15 minutes. Chief commander of the Neuhausen Steinegg fire department Klaus Buchinger commented: “The car has burned like tinder.”
The model has been transported back to Porsche’s Weissach-based development centre to determine the exact cause of the fire.
No one was injured, but the fire could spell bad news for Porsche who will be keen to avoid a Ferrari 458-style debacle, comparisons to which are inevitable.
The next 911 Carrera will come with a 345bhp 3.4-litre direct-injection flat-six engine with the Carrera S model boasting 395bhp. Porshe will offer the choice of seven-speed manual and seven-speed PDK transmissions.