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

Porsche 911 GT3 fire in Switzerland
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.

Published Feb 15th, 2014 6:20pm By Adrian Padeanu
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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
Feb 21st, 2014 10:41pm
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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.
Feb 18th, 2014 10:16am
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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.
Feb 17th, 2014 5:23am
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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.
Feb 16th, 2014 3:53am
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RichieRich15 RichieRich15
Feb 15th, 2014 11:30pm
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RichieRich15 RichieRich15
It's just so sad.
Feb 15th, 2014 11:29pm
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dieterm dieterm
lol and let the Ferrari jokes begin.
Feb 15th, 2014 10:30pm
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sm106 sm106
Ouch... seems like ~9k rpm e fire are closely related.
Feb 15th, 2014 9:16pm
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jerjer jerjer
Never heard of an S2000 spontaneously catch on fire.
Feb 16th, 2014 2:47am
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Swifty Swifty
...or Mazda RX7/RX8
Feb 16th, 2014 9:00pm
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sm106 sm106
Yes I know. I was referring to recent cars, like Ferrari and a bit of jk. Thing is when u have a high rpm engine and theres vibration/resonance passing to the chassis there is a tendency to loosen things like bolts, etc... At least in bikes. Most likely not a problem in cars but not sure...
Feb 17th, 2014 4:13pm
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carmaster1986 carmaster1986
I thought in the first look that it is Ferrari, till I saw the title.
Feb 15th, 2014 7:59pm
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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".
Feb 15th, 2014 7:42pm
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hf7188 hf7188
I agree except the Ferrari part, they did correct the 458 Italia problem. yes, after a few caught on fire, but they did correct it. About the lambos i remember the first gen Gallardo having issues, but i don't remember a recall (i didn't have access to web information back then like today). About other models less recent, it's bound to happen, high revving engines in the middle of a car,in a traffic jam, lets face it...
Feb 15th, 2014 8:37pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
Yes I agree, I guess I mentioned it that way because you don't hear much from either Ferrari or Lamborghini after one suddenly catches fire. And I feel bad for Tesla sometimes because they are so scrutinized that the second something like this happens people jump all over them. Any car can experience a fault that leads to a fire, I didn't intend to pick on Ferrari or Lamborghini, I'd like to own a Ferrari one day and would be heart broken if I lost my dream car due to a mechanical fault.
Feb 15th, 2014 9:12pm
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hf7188 hf7188
i think the picking on Tesla is more due to them being a real "threat" to the current car market. And being a new technology, it's easier to pick on what isn't proven ground yet. I think Tesla has made the market move forward, it's a good thing. (common, to drive around town without wasting fuel? it's the dream!) :)
Feb 15th, 2014 9:56pm
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InflatableNinja InflatableNinja
You have the best sources on the Internet. Congrats, Adrian!
Feb 15th, 2014 7:22pm
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