Is the Porsche Carrera GT safe? The car at the center of the horrifying crash that killed Paul Walker over Thanksgiving weekend is drawing scrutiny ahead of Walker's autopsy, which could not be performed immediately because the coroner needs the actor's dental records to proceed.
The Porsche Careera GT exploded after Paul Walker's driving partner Roger Rodas lost control of the wheel and crashed, resulting in a horrifying blaze that killed both men on the scene and rendered them unrecognizable. Investigations into the crash are still ongoing, but people are starting to wonder if the powerful Porsche Carrera GT should even be street legal.
According to CNN, the racecar has a top speed of 208 MPH, a high revving V-10 engine, and 600 horsepower. According to TMZ, the car is said to be so difficult to drive that Porsche HQ sent out a memo to dealers in 2004 outlining how powerful the car is and how temperamental it can be. "This vehicle cannot drive over a Foster Beer can that is lying on its side...you need to be aware of what type of road surface you are on (dips; pot holes, seam heights, etc.)...Carrera GT is as close to a racecar as we will ever get. The car has all the disadvantages of a racecar," the memo eerily warns car dealers.
One unsettling thing about the Carrera GT is its lack of stability control. "Stability control is really good at correcting slides, keeping the car from getting out of shape," racecar driver and former Fast and Furious coach Randy Pobst told CNN about the vital feature. Without electronic stability control, one small mistake can turn extremely deadly, even for someone as experienced as Paul Walker — who Pobst called "the best driver, a natural car guy" — and his driving partner Roger Rodas. Now critics are wondering if all Porsche Carrera GT's should be taken off the road. Though there were only 1,300 made, that number is quickly decreasing because of car crashes similar to Walker's.
Investigators still don't know the exact cause of the crash and so far have only said that speed was a factor, but the question of whether or not the Porsche Carerra GT should remain street legal may be revisited once the results are in. With the autopsy underway and an investigation ongoing, friends and family of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas will hopefully get the answers they need to better understand their tragic loss.
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