Sunken Ship Causes Porsche 911 GT2 RS Production to Resume

A ship carrying Audis and Porsche destined for Brazil was lost at sea on March 12. The ship was carrying, among other things, some of the last 911 GT2 RSs in production, causing the company to resume production briefly to deliver the lost cars.

The ship, Grande America, sank off the coast of France and all 27 people on board were safely evacuated. But 2,000 cars and 365 shipping containers—some of which were carrying hazardous materials such as 100 tons of hydrochloric acid and 70 tons of sulphuric acid, according to France24—went into the sea.

According to a letter to a Porsche apology letter sent anonymously by a customer to Carscoops, Porsche will resume production in order to fill the orders.

“As you may know, Porsche ended the 991 GT2 RS production on February 2019 and under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t be possible to give you another car,” Porsche wrote in the letter. “But, due to the nature of the situation, and  considering that you’re a loyal and highly valuable customer for our brand, Porsche has decided to resume the GT2 RS production in Germany, and your vehicle will be produced in April, with delivery scheduled for June.”

According to Brazilian reports, the Grande American contained as many as four 911 GT2 RSs as well as Caymans and Cayennes.

The ship sank after a fire started on the deck. The source of the fire is unknown but is believed to have started on one of the car decks.

Local crews are working to contain an oil slick caused by the accident, but inclement weather is making their work difficult.