Porsche GT3 Could Stay Grounded for Months due to Fire Risk
Things aren’t looking so hot for Porsche 911 GT3 owners as they wait to hear news from Stuttgart regarding the fire hazard plaguing their car’s engine bays. As you may remember, five GT3s inexplicably burst into flames as they meandered down the road. With those reports coming into Porsche HQ, the company ordered a stop-sale and requested all GT3s be parked until engineers could fix the problem.
Well, that was in early February. Now a month later, Porsche is still looking for a cause. Hungry buyers in Australia were left disappointed after the 911 GT3 missed its own official Down Under debut this week, set to be along side the 911 Turbo and Turbo S models.
Porsche spokesman Paul Ellis says there’s “no update from the factory,” in an interview with Drive. "Given the high performance nature of the engine and sophisticated componentry and engineering, it’s a situation where you have to evaluate every situation to the minute level to make sure you don’t miss anything,"
Ellis continued saying the engineers have strong suspicions about what’s causing the fires, but need further evidence. Unfortunately, that process will likely take more time. Also a factor is correctly fixing the issue once it’s identified. “(It) depends on what the remedy is; if it is an electronic software issue then it is much easier to implement than a mechanical component of the engine.”
Drive is reporting Porsche says it’s seen no loss of customer loyalty or support for the brand during this time. What’s more, all the potential GT3 customers still have their names on the waiting list.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3.
The 2014 911 GT3 is Porsche’s track star and halo car, built to beat the best on the toughest tracks around the world. Powered by a 3.8-liter flax six making 475 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, the GT3 will hit 60 mph in a staggering 3.3 seconds on its way to a quarter mile time of 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph.
Costing a hefty $130,000, the GT3 isn’t cheap. But its performance numbers have it competing with hypercars costing two to four times as much.