• Porsche halts 991 GT3 deliveries due to potential engine issue causing cars to go up in flames

      This is a very serious matter and anyone with a Porsche 991 GT3 should contact Porsche immediately. As the photos below show a brand new Porsche 991 GT3 went up in flames. The owner managed to exit the car without incident but as of right now Porsche has apparently stopped deliveries as the matter is investigated. This particular car in the photos is from Switzerland and the Swiss police report details what happened to the GT3.

      "On Wednesday (02/05/2014), at 11 clock, a Porsche has caught on fire on the Wilerstrasse. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. The car suffered a total loss in the amount of CHF 200'000. A Porsche GT3 drove on the A1 highway towards St.Gallen. When the driver perceived strange noises from the engine area, he left the highway. On the Wilerstrasse the driver stopped the car. He saw leaking oil and smoke is in the rear engine. A short time later the Porsche caught fire. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. The cause of the fire will be investigated by the Forensic Science Service of the Canton of St. Gallen police."

      In the interest of safety 991 GT3 owners should park their cars for now. Apparently five vehicles have suffered this fate. Here is the perspective of the president of an Italian Porsche club from the Rennteam Forums who saw a club members car also go up in flames:

      "I am the administrator of Porsche Club Campania, an Italian Porsche club.A member of our Club last Saturday was near Avellino, in the south of Italy, his gt3 was really new, just 60kms. First the warning LOW OIL PRESSURE in the display and after few seconds his GT3 was burning. The gt3 DESTROYED is now at the PORSCHE CENTER NAPOLI and this morning an engineer from Stuttgart came here to see the car. It is the 5th gt3 in Europe that burned with the same problem. It seems that Porsche already know where is the problem but I don't know if the dealer will be able to fix the problem. I will keep you updated."

      Porsche has yet to officially comment on the issue and they are more than likely aware as apparently deliveries of GT3's are halted until further notice.




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      Comments 13 Comments
      1. louis redfoot's Avatar
        louis redfoot -
        if that happened to me, they should re-deliver at least a gt2
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        There is no 991 GT2. You want to take a step back?
      1. alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
        alex@ABRhouston -
        I have a customer who just ditched his 2013 M5 for one of these Click here to enlarge
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        I'd still buy one. S85 has rod bearing issues, so did the S54. M156 had head bolt issues. Lots of great engines have had teething problems, and so have lots of great cars. This sucks, but I bet this is something that is out of spec by a fraction of an MM that only needs a a quick adjustment somewhere in the production process.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        I'd still buy one. S85 has rod bearing issues, so did the S54. M156 had head bolt issues. Lots of great engines have had teething problems, and so have lots of great cars. This sucks, but I bet this is something that is out of spec by a fraction of an MM that only needs a a quick adjustment somewhere in the production process.
        It's nothing that they won't resolve but it's just a matter of owners being aware. I don't want anyone having their car burn down on them.
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        I mean if this happened to me, I'd tell Porsche I want the GT3 RS..... Rumor that's been picking up some steam is that it'll be the only way to get an MT in a higher performance Porsche (Turbo/Turbo S/GT3).
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I haven't seen any credence to that rumor.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I haven't seen any credence to that rumor.
        Yeah that is just a rumor.

        I read somewhere that the PDK hydraulic pump is necessary for other components on the GT3. Including the 4 wheel steer, which is suspected to also be a feature on the RS. So I don't really see them offering a manual.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It's nothing that they won't resolve but it's just a matter of owners being aware. I don't want anyone having their car burn down on them.
        No definitely not. I am very interested in how this is happening...strange noise + smoke + fire seems like oil hitting hot parts and then igniting...but how does the oil get there? I would assume the exhaust, that would be the hottest thing under there that it could get onto. I think it's pretty damn impressive that they are getting on this right away though.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        No definitely not. I am very interested in how this is happening...strange noise + smoke + fire seems like oil hitting hot parts and then igniting...but how does the oil get there? I would assume the exhaust, that would be the hottest thing under there that it could get onto. I think it's pretty damn impressive that they are getting on this right away though.
        Well they haven't commented on it. I'm surprised this wasn't caught in testing. Seriously, how much harder can an owner be driving the car than the testers?
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Well they haven't commented on it. I'm surprised this wasn't caught in testing. Seriously, how much harder can an owner be driving the car than the testers?
        Haha good point. I mean, obviously they tested the sh*t out of it, so I am surprised by this. I'd be willing to bet that it's a very isolated problem, might only affect a few engines.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        Haha good point. I mean, obviously they tested the sh*t out of it, so I am surprised by this. I'd be willing to bet that it's a very isolated problem, might only affect a few engines.
        We just don't know at this point.
      1. boostedmaserati's Avatar
        boostedmaserati -
        Ferrari option...
        Check.