Porsche Is Restarting 911 GT2 RS Production to Replace Cars Lost at Sea

A cargo ship carrying a few 911 GT2 RSes bound for Brazil sunk off the coast of France last week. That means Porsche will build a few more GT2 RSes than initially planned.

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Daniel Wollstein

This article has been updated with an official statement from Porsche Brazil, which can be seen at the bottom of the post.

The Grande America was a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship operated by Italy's Grimaldi Lines. , it was carrying 10,000 kg of hydrochloric acid, 70,000 kg of sulphuric acid, and around 2000 cars when it caught fire on March 12th, which led to it sinking off the coast of France. Among the cars lost cars were a handful Porsche 911 GT2 RSes destined for Brazil.

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Porsche initially ended production of the 911 GT2 RS in February, however, , suggests that it will soon restart to replace these sunk cars. According to a translation of the letter, Porsche will restart GT2 RS production in April, and expects customers to receive their cars in June.

We've reached out to Porsche Brazil to see how many cars were lost at sea. And if you're a diver looking to get your hands on an unusually soggy GT2 RS, the cars are approximately 140 nautical miles southwest of Brest, France at depth of around 15,000 feet. Good luck.

When reached for inquiry, Porsche Brazil sent us the following statement:

According to a Porsche spokesperson, Porsche Brazil confirms that 37 of its new cars, in route from Hamburg, Germany to Santos, Brazil, were aboard the vessel Grande America that suffered a maritime incident near the coast of Brest, France, on March 12, 2019.
Among the fleet were four 911 GT2 RS units. In a special decision and to uphold its commitment to its valued Brazilian customers, Porsche has ensured that those units will be reproduced in the order in which they were originally confirmed.
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