But we won't have to wait too much longer.
Although it’s rare nowadays, it’s not impossible for a new car’s engine to potentially catch on fire. After all, an internal combustion engine is really nothing more than a series of controlled explosions. Now that Porsche has figured out what exactly caused the engine in its new 911 GT3 to go up in flames, a recall has been issued that requires the engines to be completely replaced in every car. The cause of the fire originated from connecting rod fasteners in the GT3’s 3.8-liter flat-six.
So on the one hand, it’s a huge relief to know the problem has been identified and no one has been hurt or killed. However, this recall will seemingly delay the launch of the even more potent 911 GT3 RS. Originally scheduled to debut sometime this summer, Porsche now wants to be completely sure the engine is safe before RS production begins. No new timetable has been set, but considering the GT3 RS will have at least 500 horsepower, compared to the GT3’s 475, Porsche must be fully confident the engine is stable before starting production. Another fire would not look good.