Porsche to replace engines in all new GT3's

Two engine failures and fires due to loose connecting rod fasteners trigger recall

Published: March 20, 2014, 4:45 AM

2014 Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche has announced that it will voluntarily replace the engines in all current GT3 models worldwide. The GT3 is the flagship of normally-aspirated 911 line and the basis for single-marque GT3 racing series around the world.

The company previously informed owners of the affected vehicles directly and recommended that they stop using them. Porsche offered to pick up the vehicles and take them to a Porsche Centre immediately.

These actions were triggered by engine failures in two vehicles in Europe, which resulted in the vehicles catching fire. There was no collision and no personal injury in either case.

Porsche subsequently determined that the failures resulted from a loosened screw joint on the connecting rod. The loose connecting rod damaged the crankcase, which led to leakage of oil that then ignited.

The engine replacement decision affects 785 vehicles already delivered. New engines with optimized screw fittings will be installed in all 2014 Porsche 911 GT3, including those that have not been delivered yet.

No other 911 models or other Porsche series are affected by this action.