Porsche 918 Spyder Goes Up In Flames (Images + Video)

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 17

Porsche 918 Spyder Engulfed In Flames - Image Credit: Jason Low

Porsche 918 Spyder Engulfed In Flames – Image Credit: Jason Low

Porsche 918 Spyder On Fire - Image Credit: David Jenkins

Porsche 918 Spyder On Fire – Image Credit: David Jenkins

One of the few examples of the Porsche 918 Spyder on the roads of Canada caught fire over the weekend and was immediately engulfed in flames.  To be more specific, 33% of all Canadian 918s (and 1 of 22 sold in North America through August) burned to the ground.

As Jalopnik rather comically reports:

“Porsche has never been a company to let Ferrari hog all the glory, so when we heard a LaFerrari went up in flames, we knew a Porsche 918 Spyder wouldn’t be far behind. This one in Toronto looks like it was engulfed in an inferno, as befitting any proper supercar.”

The cause of the fire has not been determined, though it’s believed to be linked to fuel, not the vehicle’s battery pack.

After The Fire - Image Credit: David Perry

After The Fire – Image Credit: David Perry

Sadly, there’s now one less 918 Spyder on the road.  Fortunately, it’s believed that nobody was injured by this blaze.

Here is a passerby video of the blaze (some NSFW language):

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17 responses to "Porsche 918 Spyder Goes Up In Flames (Images + Video)"

  1. Jim_NJ says:

    “The cause of the fire has not been determined, though it’s believed to be linked to fuel, not the vehicle’s battery pack.”

    Wait a second. Gasoline in cars can catch on fire? I only watch Fox News and I’m certain that only batteries can catch on fire.

  2. pjwood says:

    The gas cap is on the B-pillar, behind the driver’s head, high up. Guess what’s in the dribble line…dual exhaust.

    Guessing, but was this a matter of time?

  3. Tman says:

    I’m pretty sure the exhaust for the 918 is high up on the rear deck behind the roll bars

    wpmedia.driving.ca/2013/12/engine2.jpg

    Maybe still too close to the fuel filler cap. We’d have to wait for proper investigation of the fire to know how the fuel got ignited.

    1. SIvad says:

      That is the correct picture. They even had a 918 on Top Gear showing the blue flames erupting from those exhaust ports. That’s why I find it strange that they are unprotected and even worse open upward to the sky. Any debris can just fall right in. Dry leaves from parking under a tree comes to mind.

      1. Unplugged says:

        I believe that parking a 918 under a tree is cause for a visit from the Porsche repo team.

        1. SIvad says:

          Those also look a lot like mini trash receptacles to jealous pedestrians.

    2. Anon says:

      No no no… Those are the rear maneuvering thrusters. 😉

  4. Tman says:

    The side exhaust placement was only on the concept car prior to the series production.

  5. islandboy says:

    A gas station is my favorite place for a car to catch fire! It’s a miracle the whole place didin’t go up like the sitting incindiary device the typical gas station is!

    1. islandboy says:

      My bad! A little searching around the internet, youtube in prticular, reveals that vehicular fires at gas stations are not that uncommon. So, it would seem that modern gas stations are designed to prevent vehicle fires from spreading.

      Isn’t it strange how every EV fire in the US seems to make national news, especially if the EV is a Tesla but, fires at gas stations barely make it past the local news!

      1. Just_Chris says:

        The tanks full of petrol are under the concrete floor in a petrol station and the fuel is pumped up a pipe to the dispenser. That pipe will have a flash back arrester to stop the flame traveling into the underground tank. The teenager in the shop should have also pressed the emergency stop button as soon as the fire started cutting the pump and minimizing the fuel coming out. There may also be a fire detection system that will cut the power to the pump. So in general petrol stations are pretty safe unless someone goes wild with the hose and sprays his car down or thinks those big black holes at the back are where the petrol goes.

  6. sven says:

    Don’t gas stations in Canada have fire suppression systems above the pumps like the gas stations in the USA?

    1. organicguy says:

      Yes,i think all have a shut off button. I remember it happened here in ottawa canada. Some gas station worker prevented a fire.

      1. sven says:

        I actually meant fire extinguisher tanks above the gas pump that spray white powder and shut off the pump when the attendant presses the emergency shut-off button. I know every gas station in NYC has them; I’m not sure about the rest of the USA.

        A video is worth a thousand words:

        This is a higher quality video, but there is no fire. It looks like the attendant/someone accidentally pressed the emergency shut-off button. You can see the fire extinguisher tanks on the pillar above the fuel pump.

  7. MDEV says:

    It’s Porsche stocks down?

    1. Anon says:

      As of when I checked:

      POAHF
      $81.435 * 0.6575

      Down: 0.8%

      So, no. No significant stock market reaction to this single fire incident…