Porsche Replacing Engines in the 911 GT3
After numerous weeks of uncertainty, Porsche has come up with a solution to the issue regarding the new 991 Series GT3: Replace the engine. This is the corrective action derived from intensive internal analyses that were initiated in response to two engine fires.
Recently, its latest high-priced sports car, the 911 GT3, was recalled due to risk of engine fires. According to the report, the fires were found to have been caused by a loose fastener on the connecting rod. The loosened connecting rod then could damage the crankcase, which cause oil to leak. The leaking oil can cause the fire.
Porsche said Tuesday that it will be replacing the engines of all 2014 model year 911 GT3s. Although there were no crashes or injuries due to the issue, it was considered so serious that Porsche told owners in February to park their cars and don’t drive them until it came up with solution.
Porsche is not saying how much its expensive recall will cost, but to date, 785 vehicles worldwide are included in the recall. About 400 are in the U.S., but only half of them have been delivered to customers. The rest are on dealers lots or in the supply chain. The new engines will come with improved, more secure fasteners.
Porsche points out that no other 911 models or other model series are affected by this action.