Porsche recalls the 918 Spyder because the suspension control arms might crack

Article by Christian A., on May 8, 2018

If you have a Porsche 918 Spyder in your garage, take note that you will have to bring your supercar back to your dealership because it had been recalled again. The company announced that they will recall 305 examples of the 2015 model year in the United States as connecting shafts for the suspension control arms might crack.

The automaker found in their analysis that the connecting shafts of the longitudinal and transverse control arms have become vulnerable to cathodic stress corrosion cracking. And in the long run, this could affect the car’s components, which will eventually need replacement. The car’s handling could be impaired, especially under extreme conditions (like racetrack use), if this is not replaced immediately, and this will increase chances of a crash.

Once you have brought your Porsche 918 Spyder to the dealership, the automaker will replace these parts with improved versions. You actually don’t have to leave your car overnight as it will take about seven to eight hours to complete - that is, if you are willing to wait. The automaker also made it clear that there had been no incidents that are directly related to this problem. But it is advisable that you bring your car back to the dealership for the replacement, just to be sure. Porsche will replace all parts with no additional charge, of course.

This is not the first time this model had been recalled. The very first recall happened in 2014 when five units of the 918 Spyder needed replacement of the rear axle control arms, followed by an unspecified chassis component that needed to be fixed later on. In 2015, another campaign addressed possible damage to the wiring harness. And in 2016, the firm had to inspect the entire production run for a potential problem with the seat belts. There was also a time when Porsche had to repair the front lower control arms for possible cracking at the ball joints.

It’s quite disappointing that the 918 Spyder, Porsche’s only dedicated supercar for the foreseeable future, has encountered several issues. Right now, the automaker is just waiting for a new battery technology before they decide to develop a successor. The automaker intends to create a fully electric model that can perform better than the 918 in terms of acceleration and track times.

The good news here is that Porsche already has models out there that are much more powerful than the 918 Spyder. For instance, the latest 911 GT2 RS can finish the Green Hell 10 seconds quicker than the 918.

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