UPDATE: Porsche has confirmed it will replace the engine in every single current-generation 911 GT3 sold.
The company said the problem was tied to faulty screws joining the piston connecting rods to the crankshaft, damaging the crankcase. It has been decided that replacing the engine is the safest path.
A Porsche spokesperson said owners of affected vehicles will be contacted to make arrangements once final tests are completed.
Owners of Porsche’s new 911 GT3 may soon have their prized tarmac-weapons back on the road, after nearly a month-long grounding.
Porsche says it is nearing a solution to a fault that caused engine fires in two GT3 models, moving the company to announce a global recall in February.
Speaking with business paper Bloomberg, Porsche boss Matthias Muller said, “We know the reason and the problem-solving measures. We’re testing them.”
The company remains tight-lipped on the cause of the fault, however, although it has promised to issue a detailed report once the issue is resolved.
The recall saw Porsche recall all 785 models sold in the current 911 GT3 generation, asking owners to not drive their cars until a solution is found.
The company said that no injuries have resulted from the two engine fire incidents, one of which occurred in Italy, the other in Switzerland.
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