In a NHTSA report just released, Porsche said it is recalling its $845,000 Spyder hybrid for engine fires. As many as 225 of the mid-engine sports cars can be affected by a wiring harness for the left-rear radiator fan that rubs against a carbon fiber engine heat shield. This leads to chaffing and a short circuit, thereby increasing the risk of a fire.
Porsche said the root cause was in the production process, which means this will likely be a global recall for possibly all of the 918 of the 918 Spyder models produced starting for the 2014 model year. Dealers will inspect the harness and provide additional tie-downs for it, if necessary.
Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche’s number for this recall is AF05. Note: The wiring harness could short and result in a fire even when the vehicle is unattended. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the car is fixed.
Last week, the 918 Spyder after 21 months of production, saw the final Porsche 918 Spyder came off the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen right on schedule.