After people made incredible fun of how Lamborghini’s Gallardo caught fire then came the turn of the Ferrari 458 Italia to face the same general laughter.
As you’d imagine, supporters of the extremely reliable Porsche 911 laughed their minds out at the shoddy built Italians but this time some of their smiles were taken away.
The Steinegg Fire Department has had a busy day today while putting out the engine bay fire of a Porsche 911 Convertible.
Admittedly, Porsche smug owners and fan are still entitled to remain so since the aforementioned fire happened to a Porsche 911 Convertible that was a test model.
Going further down the amount of excuses available to the high performance German manufacturer, it turns out that this particular test model of the 2012 Porsche 911 convertible was being built for the market of a developing country.
Even though it is aimed at the Chinese market, this problem isn’t one to laugh at. Forget the whole fan debacle there’s a serious problem that Porsche will have deal with before that version of the 2012 911 can go on sale anywhere.
The fire department wasn’t able to determine the cause of the scorching flames but the wreckage was picked up and sent all the way to Porsche’s center in Weissach for further examination.
If the company is kind enough to take assertion we may end up actually knowing what happened to the “hot” test version of the 2012 Porsche 911.
All we have from the firemen is that nobody was injured, which is great, and a pretty colorful presentation from their chief.
The Steinegg Germany fire chief commander, a gentleman named Klaus Buchinger, said that the car burned like timber. There may be some corner cutting in cars made for China but the wreckage does seem to be full of melted aluminium.
The official report of this 2011 Porsche 911 test model’s fire is that it lasted just 15 minutes and that despite the firemen’s efforts the car was completely burned out by the end of the event.
Under the (rear) bonnet of this Porsche 911 there should be a 3.4 liter flat six cylinder engine which, depending on spec and model will develop anywhere between 350 and 400 horsepower.
Since the fire took place on a routine drive, it’s doubtful that either the new engine or the new 7 speed manual ZF transmission would have been pushed to the limit where they’d combust.