Five spontaneous combustions send buyers shopping for extinguishers.
The long-awaited Porsche 911 GT3 will keep buyers waiting a bit longer, as Porsche postpones worldwide deliveries after five repeated fires in the track-bound 475 horsepower model. The latest fire was reported in Wilerstrasse, Switzerland: the driver was given a short advance warning by a noise emanating from the back of the car, stepping out to discover an oil leak and smoke billowing from the back of the car. Shortly, the entire car caught fire and was destroyed.
This incident followed a similar fire in Avelino, Italy, where the driver was warned by a low-oil light before watching his car go up in flames. That car had only 60km on it prior to going up in smoke. Porsche is now looking into the cause of the fires, and has halted all deliveries until a solution is found. The company says that the matter is being given highest priority in the organization, and points to a possible issue with the car’s engine. While we knew this car was geared at competing with Ferrari, we’d hoped it would be aimed at the Italian’s performance rather than their reputation for spontaneous combustion.