The MV Grande America on fire in the Bay of Biscay, March 11, 2019. Photo: Premar Atlantic
Sports car maker Porsche will have to restart production on a limited-edition 911s which sank along with more than 2,200 other vehicles on board the Grande America in the Bay of Biscay last week.
A Porsche Brazil spokesperson has now confirmed that it had 37 new cars on board the ship, including four rare 911 GT2 RS being shipped from Hamburg, Germany to Santos, Brazil.
In a rare move, Porsche says it is now taking steps to restart production in order to “uphold its commitment” to its customers in Brazil, and the company has ensured that those vehicles will be reproduced in the order in which they were received.
The Grand America, a combination roll-on/roll-off container ship, sank to a depth of 4,600 meters in the Bay of Biscay off Brest, France after a fire broke out in the containers on March 10th. All 27 crew members were rescued by a British Royal Navy ship.
According to the ship’s Italian operator, Gramaldi Group, the Grande America was carrying a total of 2,210 vehicle, including 1,298 new ones from various major manufacturers, when the vessel sank.
A major oil spill operation led French authorities is underway for oil slicks that have been spotted on the surface.
In case you were wondering, the 911 GT2 RS comes with a price tag of over $293,000, that’s if you can get one.
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