Porsche AG will replace the engine of the EUR137,300 ($190,930) 911 GT3 as it recalled all 785 models and told owners to stop driving them due to fire risks. "We're not taking any risks when it comes to the safety of our customers," Porsche chief executive Matthias Mueller said. "We're acting fast and decisively to fix this."
Porsche has sent out details to customers and is offering replacement units like the 911 Turbo while their GT3s are being repaired, Mueller said. Porsche said in a statement that the engine damage was caused by a loosened fastener on the connecting rod. The loose connecting rod damaged the crankcase, which in both cases resulted to oil leakage that led to a fire.
Porsche issued the recall last month after two vehicles caught fire after engine failures. No accidents or injuries were related to the incidents, Porsche said at the time. "To replace the whole engine is quite a drastic measure," said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Management at the University of Applied Sciences.
"It shows Porsche is very keen to solve this as fast as possible to allay concerns and keep any disgruntled customers." Recalls in recent months at major carmakers like VW, Chrysler Group and Toyota Motor Corp. undermines the challenges they face in adding increasingly complex technology to newer vehicles.