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Porsche halts 911 GT3 deliveries after five cars caught fire - report

 Porsche halts 911 GT3 deliveries after five cars caught fire - report
Porsche 911 GT3 fire in Switzerland

The latest incident occurred in Switzerland

Porsche has reportedly stopped deliveries of the 911 GT3 after no less than five cars caught fire in recent weeks.

When it comes to fires involving supercars, the first name that pops into our heads is Ferrari but it seems Porsche is having a similar problem with the 911 GT3. The latest incident occurred on the Wilerstrasse in Switzerland and the car was declared a total loss in the amount of 200,000 CHF.

The driver was on the A1 highway en route to St. Gallen and heard some weird noises coming from the engine area. He decided to exit the highway and stopped the car on the Wilerstrasse. When he got out of the vehicle he noticed leaking oil and smoke coming from the back and shortly after that a fire ignited. The fire department arrived shortly and put out the flames but the car is beyond salvage.

Another similar incident occurred just last week with a brand new 911 GT3 (driven for only about 60 km) near Avellino in Italy. At first a low oil pressure warning showed up in the display and after a few seconds the car caught fire and had the same faith as the car in Switzerland.

A source close to Porsche has told Axis of Oversteer that the Stuttgart-based company is aware of this issue and as a consequence they have halted deliveries of the 911 GT3 until they figure out what's wrong.

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Comments (17)

 albertoitaly albertoitaly
as a gt3 owner i can say porsche is bad. i saw on a newspaper about this and is tan on 17th of this month i went with my gt3 to porsche here in italy. they told me my porsche didn't have any problem and to go home with it. off i didn't and the car is there from that day. is fun today they called me saying also my car could be a problem and ask me if they could take it from my home to there ( the fun part is the car was there from 3 days) . off porsche know about this problem from the 5th of this month . is just sad. as i italian i can say porsche is not a super car like ferrai.. eel maybe gt3 is and have same problems . o well it seems a bigger problem honestly so stop taking if you have no clue. i can post my porsche info I'm not a lier
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February 21, 2014 3:41 pm
 bodogilababi bodogilababi
I would like to see a one-off special edition from Porsche, called Porsche 911 GT3 RF..............Raging Fire. Please bump extra 50% power than the upcoming RS.
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February 18, 2014 3:16 am
 zhongcheung zhongcheung
I think it was an oil leak from a fitting or an oil line and it eventually touched something hot like the exhaust/headers or something and it just ignited and caught whatever could burn...the rest is toast.
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February 16, 2014 10:23 pm
 e36mmm e36mmm
this is rare and infrequent unlike Ferrari. Unlike Ferrari atleast they stopped the sales to rectify the problem. Porsche is still the best. Yawn.
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February 15, 2014 8:53 pm
 RichieRich15 RichieRich15
:(
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February 15, 2014 4:30 pm
 RichieRich15 RichieRich15
It's just so sad.
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February 15, 2014 4:29 pm
 dieterm dieterm
lol and let the Ferrari jokes begin.
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February 15, 2014 3:30 pm
 sm106 sm106
Ouch... seems like ~9k rpm e fire are closely related.
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February 15, 2014 2:16 pm
 carmaster1986 carmaster1986
I thought in the first look that it is Ferrari, till I saw the title.
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February 15, 2014 12:59 pm
 CDspeed CDspeed
See no one can pick on Tesla because their fires occurred due to actual accidents, this Porsche issue is a engineering issue from the factory. Though it is strange that its Porsche, but its even weirder that Ferrari and Lamborghini have this same problem and do nothing about it. Oh well, it's just as the old bumper sticker says "Shi* Happens".
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February 15, 2014 12:42 pm
 InflatableNinja InflatableNinja
You have the best sources on the Internet. Congrats, Adrian!
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February 15, 2014 12:22 pm