22 Mar 2019

Supercars Lost at Sea: Porsche To Restart Production of 911 GT2 RS

Model to re-enter production to replace those lost at sea
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German carmaker Porsche is reportedly going to restart production of the 911 GT2 RS to replace four examples of the model that were lost at sea last week.

German carmaker Porsche is reportedly going to restart production of the 911 GT2 RS to replace four examples of the model that were lost at sea last week.

How were they lost? Well, the cargo ship they were on caught fire and sank off the coast of France, taking those four supercars and around 2,000 other vehicles to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean - well short of their destination in Brazil.

Road and Track reported that Porsche of Brazil confirmed that there were 37 Porsches on board, and among them were four of the exclusive 911 GT2 RS, of which only 1,000 were built.

“In a special decision and to uphold its commitment to its valued Brazilian customers, Porsche has ensured that those units will be reproduced in the order in which they were originally confirmed,” said Porsche of Brazil in a statement.

How’s that for good customer service considering the 911 GT2 RS went out of production in February.

Along with the 2,000-odd cars on boards, the cargo ship Grande America was carrying 365 containers, of which 45 had "hazardous materials" like 10 tonnes of hydrochloric acid and 70 tonnes of sulphuric acid.

BBC reported that while the cause of the fire was unknown, it was believed to have broken out on the car decks.

None of the 27 crew aboard the Grande America were injured during the fire, and authorities in France have been moving swiftly to minimise damage to the local environment.

The four customers in Brazil will have to wait until June to take delivery of their cars.

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