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Porsche to replace engines of all 2014 911 GT3 models

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Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted March 19, 2014 08:14

785 vehicles affected may catch fire due to faulty components.

Porsche has fixed what could have been potentially a major PR nightmare after they advised owners of 911 GT3 models to "cease using" their vehicles until further notice.

They even offered to pick up the units from the owners and bring it to the nearest dealership while they continued their investigation.

The problem began when two vehicles in Europe caught fire right after it encountered engine damage.  Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.

Now Porsche says they "will be replacing the engines of all 2014 model year 911 GT3 vehicles" after they found out that "engine damage resulted from a loosened fastener on the connecting rod," which can damage the crankcase, spill oil and ignite.

The 'new' 3.8-liter flat-six engines will have optimized piston-rod screw connections and are still currently being tested before getting shipped to the dealerships. Once available, it will only take a full day to install them into the vehicles.