It’s not often we see a recall from Porsche, and it’s fairly unexpected to see one for their halo model, the 918 Spyder. However, that’s exactly what happened earlier this summer thanks to the possibility for a faulty rear control arm.
In the NHTSA recall documents we read, Porsche needed to inspect a total of five (5) 918s to ensure that their rear control arms wouldn’t break unexpectantly. Specifically, the document summarizes the problem as this:
Porsche Cars of North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain model year 2015 918 Spyder vehicles manufactured May 7, 2014, to June 18, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with rear-axle control arms that may break, causing difficulty controlling the vehicle.
Porsche’s own document detailing the potential problem goes into much more detail, but the gist of it is that Porsche discovered under extremely high stress driving situations (in other words, getting on it hard at the track) that the rear control arms could break possibly causing affected 918s to lose control and crash.
When we spoke about the issue with Porsche they told us that only 5 918s in the U.S. were affected of which all have been inspected and all were fine. Globally there were a total of only 45 918s needing inspection. At this point all inspections have been completed and only a “very few” outside of the U.S. needed replacements.
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