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Old 09-28-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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918 catches fire

http://jalopnik.com/nooooooo-first-porsche-918-spyder-burns-to-ground-in-g-1640157724



Well this is quite sad, anyways brought this here for speculations, being at a gas station may be pump error instead of a design flaw, we can only hope.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #2
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That front right tire still has enough good components to be worth a couple of Boxsters...

You know, in Cyprus, I hear they do amazing things with cars this bad or worse..

It's those EPA treehuggers!!! If asbestos was still legal......
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You know the fuel cap is pretty dang close to the exhaust ports that come out the top. Just takes one person removing the fuel nozzle to accidently squeeze the trigger and splash gas over the exhaust.
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Screw the car. Lucky the whole fuel station didn't go up in flames.

As an aside, it's amazing how some people revel in another person's misfortune, especially when it involves an exotic car, i.e. "He must've been a rich *******, driving a car like that."

Just sayin'..........

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You know the fuel cap is pretty dang close to the exhaust ports that come out the top. Just takes one person removing the fuel nozzle to accidently squeeze the trigger and splash gas over the exhaust.
So those exhaust ports are 500*F??
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That front right tire still has enough good components to be worth a couple of Boxsters...

You know, in Cyprus, I hear they do amazing things with cars this bad or worse..

It's those EPA treehuggers!!! If asbestos was still legal......
I used to live in Cyprus, and they could panel beat out a car that had been in a crusher, but I'm not sure how they'd do with melted carbon fibre.

And to think I was worried about my IMSB......
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Wonder if it lost a rod bolt :-)
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Why was it so easy to guess who posted this before I looked and saw Jake's name ?
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Was going to point out how rare this car is.....



But that one seems 'well done'........
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Was going to point out how rare this car is.....



But that one seems 'well done'........
Awesome!!!
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Was going to point out how rare this car is.....



But that one seems 'well done'........
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Why was it so easy to guess who posted this before I looked and saw Jake's name ?

I am always on-top of the car news! I have to say, my opinion lies with driver error matted with a bit of a design flaw, the location of exhaust can make a mistake at the pump a bit more dire. However, maybe the driver was just smoking.
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I am always on-top of the car news! I have to say, my opinion lies with driver error matted with a bit of a design flaw, the location of exhaust can make a mistake at the pump a bit more dire. However, maybe the driver was just smoking.
It is impossible for a cigarette to ignite gas.

The tail pipe would have needed to be glowing pretty bright to ignite gas.

Maybe he tried filling the exhaust?
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Wow this one burned close to home for me (about 40min away)
Everything is preventable, but who knows what happened... maybe it was the guys fault maybe it wasn't - either way that's gotta suck!

A bit more about the owner in this article...

Porsche 918 Spyder Catches Fire and Burns to the Ground AutoGuide.com News
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It is impossible for a cigarette to ignite gas.

The tail pipe would have needed to be glowing pretty bright to ignite gas.

Maybe he tried filling the exhaust?

You are absolutely correct... either that or he spilled gas over an area with an unprotected electrical terminal or something.... who knows... one of the articles said "gas overflowed and then the car burst into flames"... so that spells user error and possibly a design issue of perhaps an unprotected connector within the filling area. If this turns into another recall then this would be the second engine fire related recall for the 2014's (last one was the 911 GT3's)
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I don't think that relationship is going to last.... if me lady was in the car I'd be driving AWAY from the gas station on fire.
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It is impossible for a cigarette to ignite gas.
I pulled up to a gas station once when the tanker truck was there preparing to unloading its fuel. One guy was pumping gas while smoking. I heard the old truck driver say to him, "I'm not going to tell you again, put out that cigarette!".
My guess is that the cigarette could have caused a spark with some other substance nearby which the truck driver wanted no part of.
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gasoline vapor is what generally ignites, not as a liquid
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gasoline vapor is what generally ignites, not as a liquid
Only because it has mixed with air to the right mix. Then that mix creeps outward. Danger!! Same ignition temp.
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