A Porsche 911 GT3 erupted in flames at the Nürburgring with stunned bystanders catching the whole thing on video.
This is a little odd. You don’t normally see Porsches burst into flames for no reason. Sure, if the guy had crashed his ride and then it erupted into an inferno that’d make sense, but that didn’t happen here. Instead, the guy calmly pulled over and dove out the door before his Porshe 911 GT3 decided to spontaneously combust.
We have TOP Nürburgring Videos (by way of Motor1) to thank for catching the whole thing on camera. At a tourist track day at The Green Hell, a Porsche 911 GT3 was rounding the bend when it seemed to lose power and pull over. Then it caught fire. There was no crash, and nothing happened to the Porsche that seemed to precipitate the conflagration. It just sorta happened.
Before you ask, the driver was fine. Well, physically. Mentally, we’re not so sure. Losing a $144,000 supercar to random happenstance has gotta be a blow.
And when say “catch fire”, we mean become a towering inferno of smoke and flame. There’s definitely no saving this ride. The fire completely obliterated anything even remotely combustible, and likely even melted some of the chassis.
Firefighters show up at about seven minutes into the video and start dousing the Porsche in water. You can hear small explosions coming from under the hood as they go about their business. Eventually, they switch to fire retardant chemicals and the jaws of life to ensure that the fire is well and truly dead.
The whole thing took about 8 minutes. Then the wreck was craned onto the back of a truck and carted away.
We feel for this poor guy. According to the video description, he wasn’t even from Germany, so getting that wreck taken care of is going to be doubly expensive. Here’s hoping he has another GT3 in his garage he can bring back to the Nürburgring. And maybe get it inspected first. Y’know, just in case.