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GT3 RECALL ISSUED: Porsche recall all models of its 911 GT3 sold in 2014 to date as it hopes to resolve an issue that caused two of its sports cars to go up in flames. Image: Porsche

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LONDON, England - Porsche, just announced as winner of the 2014 SA Car of the Year, is recalling all 785 units of its 911 GT3 sports cars because two caught fire in Europe.

The automaker is to check the engines of the GT3, the most expensive version of its overhauled 911 two-seater, and recommended owners not to use their vehicle.

No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the fires in Switzerland and Italy.

GUTTED SPORTS CARS

Porsche SA reports that the recall won't affect South Africa: "No GT3 units have been delivered to South African customers. We await instruction from PAG regarding remedial action."

Porsche engineers are still examining the remains of the gutted vehicles to determine why they burned: “Internal studies to determine the cause of the engine damage are not yet complete. Porsche will report any new findings immediately.”

RACE-BRED SPORTS CAR

The GT3, a race-inspired variant of the 911, is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine capable 350kW/439nm mated to a Porsche seven-speed double-clutch transmission, driving power to the rear wheels.

Porsche's CEO Matthias Mueller said the company planned to exceed 200 000 deliveries in 2015, three years earlier than projected. Demand is expected to increase with the launch of the Macan SUV later in 2014.

Porsche’s deliveries rose 15% to a record 162 145 vehicles in 2013 as demand for its Boxster and Cayman more than doubled.

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