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    • 991 GT3's could be sidelined for months as Porsche searches for a fix to what is causing engine blocks to crack and spill oil

      Well, we seem to finally have an answer as to what caused the Porsche 991 GT3 engine fires. As you may remember, a handful of European 991 GT3's went in flames and Porsche urged owners to park their cars as the issue is investigated. Apparently what is causing the fires is the engine block cracking under stress which then causes oil to leak out and when this oil hits something very hot, say the exhaust, well, you can figure the rest out.


      Immediately what comes to mind is that Porsche switched from the GT1 engine blocks used (and still used) for years in professional 911 racing subjecting the motors to the rigors of Motorsport. This new block used in the direct injected motors which is shared with the other 911 models has not seen the same levels of stress testing or mileage. It is a cost saving measure to share these blocks among models and that is why the GT3 switched to it. Not to mention the efficiency and emissions benefits that direct injection brings with the newer motors but the decision is mostly due to cost saving among platforms.

      The cars could be sidelined for months as Porsche figures out what exactly is going on. Owners should not drive their cars and certainly should do any high performance driving events.

      A Porsche spokesperson had this to say about the matter: "Identifying the issue is one thing, but undergoing comprehensive testing to ensure the remedy has solved the problem is another. And it depends on what the remedy is; if it is an electronic software issue then it is much easier to implement than a mechanical component of the engine, especially given the GT3 is essentially a race engine. The thresholds in that engine are lot higher for performance but the tolerances are much lower, and given we are an engineering company that prides itself on the reputation we are not going to take any risks.

      The default setting would be to wait a little while longer to make sure we do the job to 110 percent then we will do that as opposed to rush something and cross our fingers; that is not the way we do things. Amazingly, our customers are quite understanding as they know we are an engineering company and they know we won't make any compromises so they are prepared to be patient because they know then they cars will be indestructible. Has it been ideal for the company, far from it - the GT3 is the halo car of the company. Our customers are disappointed, sure, but they understand it is in good hands and they know it will be permanent and it will be great."

      Porsche will resolve this. However, one does have to question if saving money by sharing blocks will now turn out to cost Porsche much more money in recalls and new parts than if they just used the tried and true block they are still racing with today.

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      This article was originally published in forum thread: 991 GT3's could be sidelined for months as Porsche searches for a fix to what is causing engine blocks to crack and spill oil started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 12 Comments
      1. 5soko's Avatar
        5soko -
        Interesting.. Good info!
      1. BoostAddict's Avatar
        BoostAddict -
        If it ain't broke don't fix it. Maybe they'll put the gt1 block back in.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        They won't change the motor now. They have to fix it.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        Wonder where the block is cracking ?
      1. BimmerNFS's Avatar
        BimmerNFS -
        Jeremy Clarkson is gonna be making fun of Hammond for months now!!! Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BimmerNFS Click here to enlarge
        Jeremy Clarkson is gonna be making fun of Hammond for months now!!! Click here to enlarge
        Why?
      1. BimmerNFS's Avatar
        BimmerNFS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why?
        Hammond just got a GT3 and he was making fun of him for not being able to drive it. He got a model of one and set it on fire. He also gave him Porsche "driving" gloves (oven mitts with a Porsche logo). Then he demonstrated that pizza does not catch fire and suggested coating his 911 in pizza. It was in last weeks or the week before episode.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BimmerNFS Click here to enlarge
        Hammond just got a GT3 and he was making fun of him for not being able to drive it. He got a model of one and set it on fire. He also gave him Porsche "driving" gloves (oven mitts with a Porsche logo). Then he demonstrated that pizza does not catch fire and suggested coating his 911 in pizza. It was in last weeks or the week before episode.
        That seems to be a bit mean spirited.
      1. BimmerNFS's Avatar
        BimmerNFS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        That seems to be a bit mean spirited.
        Yea a little lol... They all make fun of each other's cars and laugh about it so I think their used to it.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BoostAddict Click here to enlarge
        Maybe they'll put the gt1 block back in.
        This was my original thought as well, but Sticky is right. They won't go back to the Mezger now - it would be embarrassing to the company and cause even more questions about the new DFI motors than there probably are right now just due to these failures.
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        They're "close" to finding the issue...
        http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...ment-cost.html
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Oh man....that's rough. I was hoping it wasn't something quite so extreme. Cracking block - still shouldn't be too hard to fix, I mean they will have to design a new one but hopefully they can do some stress testing and figure out exactly where it needs more strength. I'm still in love with these things either way.